Wasaga Beach councillors have a long way to go in the 2018 budget process, but they've started talking about their priorities.
At Tuesday afternoon's Committee of the Whole meeting, CAO George Vadeboncoeur presented his report on the priorities that council had set out for this term. With about a year left, Vadeboncoeur outlined what has been done and what's left to tackle.
There was a lot of discussion on the downtown and the community hub where there could be a twin pad indoor arena and sports facility. One pad would have ice, the other could have a refrigeration system underneath but also have a surface for soccer and indoor golf. The Wasaga Stars arena's life expectancy goes to 2020.
Numbers presented for consideration for downtown are 500 thousand dollars for implementation of the Downtown Master Plan and 300 thousand more for development agreements and incentives.
Setting up a development corporation to oversee Beach Areas 1 and 2 could cost a hundred thousand dollars.
Vadeboncoeur says another priority is an after-hours clinic and there is a tentative agreement with some doctors. A report is expected at the next Committee of the Whole meeting.
Councillors also talked about increasing the residential and commercial tax base to generate more revenue. The CAO told the committee the town has a revenue problem, not an expenditure problem.
No decisions were made at this meeting,
Last week, a starting point of a 15% tax hike was presented, but the CAO points out that the process always starts high. He says last year started with 6.58% and ended up at 1.94%. Council wants an increase of around 2% this year.