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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Where does Khan stand on MacLaren?

MacLaren

I have to wonder where our new Barrie councillor, Arif Khan, stands on the 3.3% property tax increase city council approved Jan. 28? Why would he not suggest that either the MacLaren Art Centre fork over $200,000-plus to stay in the Carnegie building Barrie residents own, or we turf them out? Give them their walking papers. Watch the south end ... Read More »

$4.1-million increase to city salaries, benefits

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner So who’s counting? Barrie homeowners are, as city council increased their property taxes by 3.3% this year on Monday night. That adds $119 to a typical Barrie home assessed at $277,000; it had taxes of $3,625 last year. With that blended, municipal/education tax increase this property’s 2013 tax total will be $3,744. “The financial pressures ... Read More »

Resident says it’s ‘wrong’ to upgrade Molson Centre when Allandale needs more repairs

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Fix up the old, the new can wait. City council will hear a deputation Monday opposing spending $590,000 improving Barrie Molson Centre’s dressing rooms — if the Colts’ 2014 Memorial Cup bid is successful — instead of upgrading Allandale Recreation Centre. “(It’s wrong to spend) taxpayer dollars on (BMC) locker rooms that few local residents ... Read More »

Four city councillors have issues with proposed budget

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner There’s more fiddling in the forecast for this year’s Barrie budget. After nearly five hours of discussion Monday night, city councillors gave initial approval to a 3.5% property tax hike for homeowners. But the vote wasn’t unanimous — with Couns. Alex Nuttall, Brian Jackson, Arif Khan and Peter Silveira opposed. While four votes isn’t enough ... Read More »

All-day service part of plan for Huronia Road

Bus service

By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Better bus service to Barrie’s south-end will arrive, but whether it’s in a week or seven months is the question. The service could be part of the 2013 operating budget discussions on Jan. 21, or city councillors could wait until Barrie’s new transit plan begins this summer. Stephen Bertelsen of the Barrie Community Health Centre ... Read More »

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