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Highlights from the October 17 Meeting

2024 Business Plan and Budget –
Staff presented a preview of the 2024 budget. The budget proposes an overall tax levy increase of 7.7%. This is the equivalent of $155 per year for the average home. 

Budget pressures include inflationary and contractual cost increases to maintain base programs and services, growth-related cost increases related to training, legal fees, and software licensing, new staffing requests and service level enhancements including contributions to asset management reserves and funding for operating the Health and Active Living Plaza when construction is complete. 
Budget deliberations will begin on November 13, 2023. Residents can provide feedback on the Business Plan at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/budget
Bridge Design and Construction - Council awarded a contract extension to complete detailed designs for two East Townline bridges. Construction of these bridges is expected to begin in 2024 with estimated completion in 2025. Further communications will be shared with area residents closer to construction.

Backyard Hens East Gwillimbury is egg-sploring the possibility of backyard hens on properties smaller than one acre. Residents can learn more and complete an online survey at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/AnimalServices
It’s time to try a new sport, EG! – The Town opened a new practice Disc Golf Course in Sharon Hills Park. The Town will have a grand opening and demonstration event in the spring. Further details to come spring 2024.
New trail in Queensville – There is a new 2.6 km trail coming to Queensville this November! The construction of the trail is fully funded through development charge credits. A grand opening is planned for this spring.  
York Regional Police Update – YRP provided an overview of their department, the types of calls they are responding to in EG, and safety tips.  
Highway 404 Lands Public Meeting – The Town held a Public Meeting to review a proposed Official Plan Amendment to redesignate the subject lands from “Agriculture/ Long Term Growth Area” to “General Employment”, “Prestige Employment” and “Mixed Business Employment” and to add the subject lands to the Highway 404 Employment Corridor Secondary Plan area. This amendment would expand the boundary of the Highway 404 Secondary Plan.

If you have any questions or wish to provide comments, you can contact the Town’s planning department. The subject lands are highlighted in yellow.

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We’re Hiring!
EG is hiring lifeguards, swim instructors and a head instructor guard. Apply at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/careers

Final 2023 Property Taxes
Final 2023 residential tax bills have been mailed and payment is due on October 31. Payments can be made at the Civic Centre, your bank, online, or through a preauthorized payment plan. Learn more at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/propertytax

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Get the gang together to lead the way for Santa when he comes to town on November 19 at 2 p.m. Register a float or walking group to be in this year’s Santa Claus parade. Learn more, register, or volunteer at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Santa

New Customer Service Portal
Have an issue with streetlights, water and wastewater, roads and traffic, parks, and trails or just a general inquiry? Use EG’s new online Customer Service Portal to report a concern  at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/CustomerServicePortal

Yard Waste Collection
Yard waste collection takes place every other week until November 15. Place yard waste/fall decor by the curb at 7 a.m. on your collection day. Learn more at www.eastgwillimbury.ca/yardwaste

Servicing Allocation Policy
Council is seeking public feedback on the proposed Servicing Allocation Policy.  The Town currently has the equivalent of approximately 1062 single detached homes (referred to as single detached equivalents or SDE) worth of allocation currently in the Municipal Allocation Reserve. The proposed policy recommends allocation this allocation as follows: 

This allocation is the Town’s current capacity based on current sewage allocation. However, Provincial and Regional efforts are underway to plan for and deliver an expansion to the York Durham Sewage System (YDSS) that will ultimately provide full municipal servicing for EG residents and businesses.  
Share Your Thoughts! 
Council would like to hear from you! Complete this brief survey www.eastgwillimbury.ca/AllocationSurvey by November 12, 2023.

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Business Peer-to-Peer Sessions with TechConnex
Join us for an exciting in-person business peer-to-peer session in collaboration with TechConnex, brought to you by the Town of East Gwillimbury, Town of Georgina, and York University’s YSpace!
Connect with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs, share innovative ideas, and build valuable relationships that can fuel your ventures. Plus, gain insights from industry experts eager to share their knowledge and experience with you.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to foster growth and collaboration within your community.

Event Details:
Thursday, October 26, 2023
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
This is a free event.
Vinces Market Community Room and Event Space, 19103A Leslie St, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
Secure your spot at www.advantageeg.ca/yspace

Small Business Week in EG
Join us from October 16 to 20 for a series of events to commemorate and support small business owners within our community. Register for more events at www.advantageeg.ca/yspace

 Haunted Halloween Hike

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