By Scott Nixon, Times-Advocate Staff
EXETER — The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) board of directors has approved the 2013 budget, which calls for an overall increase of 1.99 per cent over last year.
The ABCA consists of 12 member municipalities which pay into the authority through a general levy and a project levy. The amount the municipalities pay to the authority is based on their current value assessment, with Bluewater paying the largest apportionment of the general levy, at 22.78 per cent. South Huron comes in second with 19.24 per cent, while the other municipalities in the Times-Advocate's coverage area include Lambton Shores at 18.47 per cent and Lucan Biddulph at 4.9 per cent.
Board members representing the member municipalities voted on the general levy and project levy in two weighted votes based on assessment at a meeting Dec. 20, with Bluewater representative Janisse Zimmerman the lone member to vote against the project and general levies.
Another non-weighted vote to approve the proposed 2013 budget was also passed, with Zimmerman once again voting against it.
With the budget now approved, in 2013 Bluewater will pay $267,590 into the ABCA general project levy, a 2.53 per cent increase over 2012. South Huron will pay $226,035, a 1.44 per cent increase, while the figure for Lambton Shores is $216,981, a 1.52 per cent increase over 2012. Lucan Biddulph saw its levy increase 2.84 per cent to $57,674.