Comox budget approved in 4-3 vote

By a 4-3 vote, Comox council approved its 2012-2016 financial plan Wednesday afternoon, resulting in a property tax increase of 2.8 per cent for residents.
Couns. Patti Fletcher, Barbara Price, Hugh MacKinnon and Mayor Paul Ives voted in favour of the budget. Couns. Ken Grant, Tom Grant and Maureen Swift voted against.
The budget also sees a 1.8-per-cent increase for businesses.
On average, the impact on an average single-family home in Comox will be an additional $33.84 from last year.
"This is a back-to-basics budget with a strong focus on maintaining our infrastructure," said Ives in a press release.
The Town will repave a total of 2.3 km of roads at a cost of $1.6 million, including sections of Guthrie, Aitken, Dogwood, Crestview, Savary, Strathcona, Rocky Heights and Comox Avenue.
There will also be improvements to improving pedestrian safety at the Anderton/Robb intersection, Comox Avenue and Ellis, Comox and Rodello and Guthrie and Torrence.

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