2020-21 Tax Billing Notice

To: The Residents & Commercial Occupants of the Town of Trenton
Re: 2020-21 Tax Billings

I hope this memo from the Town Administration finds you and your families well considering the world pandemic that is impacting each of us in some way.

Please find enclosed an interim billing for the residential and commercial taxes for the current fiscal year 2020-21.  

This year our plans have been impacted in the areas of recreation and student programs that may not materialize in the current fiscal. The Town must continue to maintain service to the infrastructure and essential services including streets and roads, property care, fresh water supply, sewage systems, policing, fire protection and administration to ensure that transactions and records are maintained. The Town requires financial capacity to continue in a strong way. 

Our last fiscal year was a successful one and enabled the Town to gain some essential funds which was important considering the deficit situation we had to overcome from 2019. This information will become public once the fiscal year audit is completed later this year. 

Through the budget we note the following key points: 

  • The pollution control user fee (sewer charge) that was previously moved from your tax billings to your water billing, you will now see is back on your interim and final tax billings. This will provide you with a quarterly water billing that reflects your water consumption and charges only. Hopefully, this will provide an assurance that water use will not be so concerning for residents.
  • he Town is looking to further assess the current infrastructure and its lifespan. This year we will assess all equipment and resources to ensure we are being proactive.
  • The Town is looking at the installation of curbs, guard rails, sidewalks and paving where applicable. Work requirements will be assessed to determine these locations.
  • There will be a major effort this year to develop a strong land use plan for the main streets where commercial occupancy will flourish. We will be contacting as many service providers we can this year to start the plans. The Town deserves and needs more commerce and amenities to service the need of the residents.
  • One area of concern to consider that will possibly affect the Town is the condition of the water reservoir. We will keep you posted on this and to this point we have not allotted any money on this other than consultation.
  • We will be looking to adopt “tot lots” where applicable to assist in having play areas close by within certain areas of the Town. This work may be stalled by the pandemic we face but we will look to what we can do.
  • This year work will commence in the Trenton Park in terms of the revitalization plans drafted a few years ago and funds awarded last year. Work is already underway.
  • There will not be any other significant capital expenditure other than what we can afford as we again look to our need to improve the cash flow. 

In relation to the above items and more importantly the first bullet is the residential tax rate went from $1.62 / 100 to $1.94 / 100 for this year. It is important to note that this is mainly due to the reallocation of the pollution control user fee (sewer charge) from the quarterly water billings.

An example of the reclassification of the Pollution Control component back on the residential tax base is as follows:  

 

Property assessment ($91,200) Old Rate Year 2020   New Rate Year 2021  
Residential Property 1.62 / 100 $1,477.44 1.94 / 100 $1,769.28
Solid Waste (Garbage pickup) $143.42 $143.42 $122.04 $122.04
Fire Protection 0.0725 / 100   $66.12 0.0725 / 100   $66.12
Total Taxes   $1,686.98   $1,957.44

 

Water Utility (assume same consumption year to year)                Annual Totals
Annual water 2020 (2020 rate included the pollution control)              $828.00
Annual water 2021 (2021 has the removal of the pollution control)     $345.31 

As you can see in this example, the increased tax rate went up by 16% or $270.46;however, the water costs per year decreased by 58% or -$482.69.                                               

The administrative office that includes finance, planning, inspection, and communications is struggling as we are now working remotely rather than grouping in the offices as a team. It creates an inconvenience for us, you the residents and commercial land holders, and for that we are all called to adapt. So important is the need for you to be supportive and make your payments to the Town in the easiest and best way possible. We have sent you many methods of payment and we appreciate online (preferred method), credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or cheque if that is convenient. We do apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.  

In closing, we thank you for your continued support. Stay well and safe during these uncertain times. Thank you in advance for your support. 

Respectfully,
Town Administration