Monday , 10 December 2018

$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

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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 »

City changes the way it hands out cultural grants

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner A new framework for Barrie’s cultural grants guidelines is finished, for now. City council gave final approval this week to a motion which limits individuals working for the city receiving grants, specifies residency requirements, slightly changes the composition of the jury panel that decides on the grants and caps its expenses. Barrie resident Darren Roskam, ... Read More »

Ward 8 councillor sworn in

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Arif Khan, 41, was sworn in Monday as Barrie’s next Ward 8 councillor by Justice of the Peace Brian Norton. “It’s going to be an interesting time,” Khan said just minutes after being sworn in. “There is a lot of work, but I look forward to it. I will continue to offer my ear as an avenue for the community.” ... Read More »

Stakes rise in multi-million-dollar lawsuit over Barrie’s Allandale land

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner The stakes could be raised in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the city by its former development partner on Barrie’s Allandale Station land. The Correct Group Inc. (CGI) intends to substantially increase its statement of claim by millions of dollars and specifically add Mayor Jeff Lehman, former and current city staff, a real-estate appraisal company and ... Read More »

Khan ready to work

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By: Laurie Watt, Barrie Advance BARRIE – Arif Khan can pause to enjoy spending time with his two daughters before he begins his work as Ward 8 councillor. Elected Monday, Khan will be sworn into office Dec. 17. But the race to winning the seat vacated by Jennifer Robinson this summer has been long and intense, he said. First out ... Read More »

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