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Ice storm causes power outages in Alliston, Barrie

UPDATED – The power is still out in parts of Barrie and New Tecumseth following last night’s ice storm.

Earlier today at the height of the outage, PowerStream said 6,699 Barrie customers and 11,549 customers between Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham were affected.

PowerStream and Hydro One hope to have power restored by late afternoon, according to the latest update.

An update from New Tecumseth deputy CAO Blaine Parkin on the restoration efforts was posted to social media earlier today.

“We are currently experiencing significant power outages across the town due to the severe weather that is moving through the area,” he wrote. “Our fire and emergency crews along with our public works staff are dispersed throughout the town handling several calls and are working diligently to address downed trees and blocked roads.”

New Tecumseth residents who come across downed tree limbs or other safety hazards are asked to call the public works emergency line at 905-729-2291.

In Beeton, the fire hall is open for residents who need to charge their cell phones or warm up.

If you’re on the roads, drive carefully. There is a lot of debris in the roadways.

OPP are also reminding drivers to treat intersections without power as four-way stops.

Midland property taxes likely going up

MIDLAND – Midland residents will likely see an increase in their property taxes this year.

Midland council met March 23 to discuss the final draft of the 2016 budget, which contains a 0.59 per cent tax increase for an average family home in Midland. This means an average increase of $16 annually, of which $10 will go to the municipality. The remainder will go to Simcoe County and the school boards.

Town treasurer Marc Villeneuve pointed out the figure is just the “median” increase for Midland residents.

“Some people will pay more and some people will pay less,” he said.

Coun. Pat File said looking at the median increase is a “bit misleading” for the public.

“I’d caution against using those numbers,” she said. “Sometimes it gets reported that everybody is paying the same amount and people get upset.”

The total 2016 tax levy – taking into account all of the property-tax levels across the municipality – will be one per cent higher than last year.

Villeneuve said there was a $29,000 shortfall in estimates from the 2015 budget, which needed to be made up by taxpayers. The recent contract settlement for also added $137,000 in spending.

Deputy Mayor Mike Ross, who characterized himself as “Mr. Zero” when it comes to property-tax increases, said he hopes additions to future budgets will be offset by an equal amount removed in order to make it revenue neutral.

“I look at it as being like balancing our household budget,” he said. “We’ve got to draw a line in the sand somewhere.”

Ross said council spends “a lot of money on a lot of different things” compared to most communities in Simcoe County.

“We are a very generous people and there’s nothing wrong with that,” he said. “But, when we bring our projects forward, we need to make it revenue neutral.”

Council did make some cuts to the budget, removing $45,000 for economic development and a planned records-management system.

The budget has not been finalized. It will be reviewed and voted on by council March 29.