King Township is officially ‘bird friendly’

March 22, 2023   ·   0 Comments

Nature Canada is proud to announce that King Township has been certified as a “Bird Friendly City, the 19th city in the country to receive ...

Council sticks with evening meetings

There will be no change to council meetings this year. Staff introduced ways to streamline the council process, and while some changes were adopted, others were summarily dismissed. Staff recommended moving council meetings to Tuesday afternoons, from its current Monday evening schedule. But councillors were quick to shoot down the idea, noting it would limit, not encourage public participation.

Local farm submits greenhouse bid to Township

Township staff are working with a local farm in its application for expanded facilities, including a greenhouse. A public planning meeting was held recently for the bid by Kinghaven Farms for a greenhouse and other related uses on his horse farm on King Road.

Bill 23 impacts could cost the Township millions

King Township staff are rising to the challenges brought about by Bill 23. While a realignment of staffing and resources will mitigate major impacts of the Bill, one area can’t be streamlined. And that’s in the levels of Development Charges the Township can collect from developers. Staff estimate it could cost King as much as $4 million per year in lost revenue. “More collaboration is needed in order to achieve the result of more homes. We welcome an opportunity to speak with the Province,” said Mayor Steve Pellegrini.

YRP seminar offers tips to King residents to protect their homes and vehicles amid rising ‘crimes of opportunity’

Community safety was front and centre during a police-led seminar for King residents last week. Mayor Steve Pellegrini welcomed One District Command Superintendent Russ Bellman and his four-person York Regional Police presentation team into King Township Chambers. The theme of the evening – “Community Safety is a Shared Responsibility” – was reinforced in an engaging manner by a quintet of YRP officers and civilian staff.

Taste of Main returns to historic Schomberg Main Street

The annual showcase of Schomberg eateries has returned once more. Through March 5, residents and visitors are indulging in enticing flavours from Main Streets finest cuisine with seven participating restaurants including Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar, The Schomberg Pub & Patio, Port Soirée, Hollywood Pizza, Leonardo’s Pizzeria & Smokehouse, 307 on Main Café, and Grackle Coffee Company.

OOOOnly Audi Repairs Laval single mom’s stolen car involved in audacious Vaughan Mills robbery

When you walk through the front door of the OOOOnly Audi Repair Shop in downtown Schomberg, a visitor is struck by the welcoming and hospitable presence of Zoltan Hegedus, who has operated his repair shop for all makes and models of cars since 1981. Comfortable leather seats are all taken by visiting residents, including Joe McDonald, whose friendly 140-pound Mastiff lumbers amid those gathered. The reception area feels like a community hub that gathers customers, neighbours, friends, and family.

Small increase in user fees for 2023

User fees in King Township are going up this year, to help offset the costs of delivering services. As part of the 2023 budget process, adjustments were made to fees and charges for municipal facilities and programs, with some rising by between 2% and 3%.

NDP needs to check the facts, King mayor says

An attempt by the NDP to discredit the Ford government for its changes to the Greenbelt plan dragged King Township into the fray. At a press conference last week, (incoming) NDP Leader Marit Stiles said some people and businesses may have been “tipped off” prior to Queen’s Park releasing the actual announcement. “There’s deep concern about it and also a really deep sense that there’s something shady or something smells fishy,” said Stiles, during the televised press conference.

Budget carries 4.95% hike for homeowners

King passed its budget Monday, with a 4.95% increase for local homeowners. King’s operating budget for 2023 is $63.7 million, and the capital budget is $33.9 million, for a total budget of $97.6 million. Township Council approved the budget at a Council meeting on Feb. 6. The average increase for the Township portion of municipal tax is 2.1 per cent between 2019 and 2023. That, combined with a 3.9% increase in York Region’s share, sees a blended hike of 4.4%. Part of York’s increase is a 1% hike to cover the costs of the new subway line.

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