The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council gave a unanimous vote of approval for the 2018 final budget report yesterday. The final document projects an overall operations and capital works budget of about $106 million for the counties. This works out to a 2.7 per cent increase for the residential tax rate, which will be $27 more for the average homeowner on the counties property tax bill
Mayor François St-Amour has a new job waiting for him next month. He will become the new warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell on December 20. Stéphane Parisien, chief administrator for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell confirmed at the counties council session yesterday that St-Amour will take over the post from Warden Gary Barton. Mayors Guy Desjardins of Clarence-Rockland and Pierre Leroux of Russell Township proposed St-Amour for the position and the other mayors confirmed his nomination.
An Ontario court judge says he’ll render a verdict in two months in the case of two senior political staffers accused of illegally destroying data in the office of former premier Dalton McGuinty. Judge Timothy Lipson reserved his decision after hearing closing arguments that offered starkly different views of the evidence against David Livingston and Laura Miller.Crown lawyer Tom Lemon argued the pair deliberately deleted records about the government’s costly 2011 decision to cancel two gas plants, to ensure the information would never see the light of day. But the defence said there’s no evidence showing they meant to delete data they knew had to be kept.Livingston and Miller have pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted mischief and illegal computer