Augusta Township Council sets out its intention to pass the new building by-law to narrow the gap between expenditures and revenue

Augusta Township Council sets out its intention to pass the new building by-law to narrow the gap between expenditures and revenue

Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka

Augusta Township conducted an evaluation of our building services fee schedule through a comparison with area municipalities.  The review revealed that the current Building By-Law fees that Augusta Township adopted in Schedule A of By-Law 3055 are not consistent with the four other municipalities that were examined in the evaluation.  In addition, a review of the general ledger shows that Augusta Township is below the level of cost recovery.

Looking at the pertinent Ontario statutes, the fees for enforcing the Ontario Building Code and the Building Code Act are based on the direct and indirect costs of delivering services related to the administration and enforcement of the Code and the Act.  The Ontario Building Code, Division C, Article 1.9.1.2., requires every  principal authority, in this case the Township, to hold at least one public meeting before passing a by-law to introduce a change of fee imposed for permit applications or issuance.  A person who attends the public meeting has an opportunity to comment or make representations with respect to the matter for Council to take into consideration when passing the by-law.  The Act requires the Municipality give a minimum of 21 days notice of the public meeting.  The By-Law passed at the regular meeting of Council held on March 25th,2019, serves as notice that the required public meeting will be held on April 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the township office.  The By-Law also sets out the intentions of Council to pass the by-law at the Council meeting on April 23, 2019.

Fire Chief Rob Bowman reported to Council that the construction of the new fire hall in Maitland continues to proceed on‑time and on budget.