Alix councillor hands in resignation

Village of Alix Coun. Jody Widmann resigned as councillor and council accepted her resignation during its regular meeting July 5.
Widmann wasn’t available for comment at press time.
The Village of Alix has had several resignations in the past few months.
In June village council accepted Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Troy Jenkins resignation after only one year on the job. Earlier this year the village’s Director of Corporate Services Tanya Meston, handed in her resignation.
Municipal Affairs’ investigation into Alix is complete and the report is expected to be released to the public before the municipal election in October. The investigation was the result of a group of Alix residents submitting two petitions last year with about 300 signatures each asking them to investigate the village, council and administration. Alix has about 400 registered voters.

Higher taxes for some in Alix

On average, homeowners will pay an additional 5.73 per cent in taxes this year
“It depends on your assessment,” said Acting Chief Administrative Officer Rob Stoutenberg
If an individual’s property was assessed less this year then their taxes would go down.
The residential mill rate was increased to 11.2565. It was 10.586 last year. Non-residential mill rate was increased to 18.4730. It was 17.386 last year.
Alix’s operating budget’s general revenue is forecast to be $1.9 million in 2017, which is $23,545 more than 2016.
Total operating expenses for 2017 are $2.8 million. In 2016 the village projected its operating expenses would be $2.8 million. The actual amount, however, was $3.1 million.

The village budgeted $431,500 for recreation expenses for 2017.
The Nature Trail Society will see a large increase in funding for 2017 with $43,500 earmarked for salaries and $17,300 in benefits. The amount was $28,602 in 2016.
The total general administration expenses budgeted for 2017 is $556,800. It includes items such as salaries and benefits, equipment, insurance, office supplies and utilities. $248,100 is budgeted for the public works department. Another bigger expense is streets with $241,400 budgeted for 2017.

Lisa Joy
ECA Review reporter

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