News Highlands East budget features 3.56 per cent tax increase SHARE ON: Phil McCabe, contributor, Tuesday, Mar. 12th, 2019 Outside the Lloyd Watson Community Centre in Wilberforce. (Photo by Kenny Trenton, MyHaliburtonNow.com staff) One municipality is officially wrapped up its budget talks. Highlands East councillors only needed one full deliberation meeting to get a final draft, voting unanimously to pass the 2019 budget earlier at today’s council meeting. With the budget passed, Highlands East residents are facing a 3.56 per cent tax increase. The increase means that residential property owners will be charged $16.42 per $100,000 and commercial properties will pay $24.36 per $100,000. The highest increase was for occupied industrial properties that now pay $28.24 per $100,000. Mayor Dave Burton says “Council encouraged staff to evaluate and reduce expenses wherever possible without impacting services thus, allowing the municipality to accommodate continued increasing financial requirements…” “Council commends all staff for their hard work & dedication towards accomplishing inspired and resourceful initiatives & solutions to the municipality,” Burton added.