A long awaited decision to have Madawaska Valley bring in development charges could be made by council on Tuesday.
Township Planner Luke Desjardins said he’s preparing a report for the March 21 meeting.
Development charges are a tax that’s applied to builders when they construct a new business or home. They’re meant to help a municipality deal with population growth.
Desjardins’ report will contain four options for council to consider. One has a high tax rate, another is lower and puts limits on what the revenue is used for. One has an even lower rate and a fourth option has a low rate, phased in over time.
The Township was finally able to have a public meeting to discuss the charges on March 6, after two previous meetings were postponed due to bad weather.
Desjardins said the town received lots of feedback on its plan, both at the meeting and with emailed comments. Some of the comments were quite critical, which is why his report gives council different options to consider.
“It’s nice to see the public engaged in these discussions,” he said. “That’s why we give notice and, for myself, I really appreciate the comments we were provided with. I’m sure council does as well.”