Pending legislation in Queens Park could add over $101,000 to Algonquin Highlands’ budget next year.

That’s according to a finance department report showing the effects of Bill 148 on the township’s purse strings.

Mayor Carol Moffatt says the biggest increases are related to the fire department.

Moffatt adds the increase in the minimum wage to $14 an hour by January 1st and the increase in vacation pay from four to six per cent also contribute to the hike in costs.

Moffatt also says the budget could be stretched by over a million dollars if the legislation passes as currently written.

Moffatt says she has been in touch with Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock M.P.P. Laurie Scott and says amendments are being discussed to Bill 148.

Click here to see the financial report.