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Town approves 2023 capital, operating budgets at council meeting

Property taxes up $122 for the average residential property with an assessed value of $375,000

The council for the Town of Pelham has approved the 2023 capital and operating budgets at their Feb. 6 meeting of the council. The budget process begins in the late summer of each year and is finalized with the annual approval.

The final tax levy increase for 2023 is 5.90 per cent after a 1.55 per cent assessment growth. For the average residential property with an assessed value of $375,000, this would be an increase of approximately $122 per year. The draft 2023 operating budget had been previously presented to the Committee of the Whole (COW) on Jan. 17, 2023. 

“The Town continues to build reserves, which ensures fiscal responsibility that balances the needs of the community while respecting the taxpayer’s ability to pay,” said Teresa Quinlin-Murphy, Town of Pelham director of corporate services and treasurer.

The Town budget is about setting goals and building a great community together. The municipal budget outlines the priorities of the Town of Pelham, determines the level of service provided to Pelham residents and guides decisions on spending for services and infrastructure. Each year, with input from Pelham residents and businesses, Town staff provide a preliminary budget. Then the Mayor and council make decisions about Pelham services, programs and infrastructure and approve the final budget.

The draft 2023 water and wastewater budgets were presented on Feb. 6 and will return to the council for consideration of approval on Feb. 21, 2023. Residents will receive the 2023 tax bill in the spring, which is accompanied by supporting material to show the breakdown of how tax dollars are spent within Pelham.

Taxes are calculated based on the assessed value of each property provided by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and multiplying the assessed value of the property by the total tax rate for the class of property.

Residents can learn more about the budget and schedule, including past reports, at