11/8/2017 5:55:39 PM

Whitewater Region council wanting to help businesses with upgrades was a bone of contention at a recent public meeting (Nov1). The meeting was about Phase One of the Community Improvement Plan that would provided up to $2,500 to successful applicants for accessibility upgrades or improvements to storefronts. Owner of Rooney's Convenience in Cobden, Nel Rooney, says she is very opposed to this plan, and was not impressed with the public meeting.


Rooney and other attendees were worried that making improvements would increase their property value and therefore make their taxes rise. Council assured the group that participation in the Community Improvement Plan was 100% voluntary and there are no projected tax hikes as a result of this program. In the council meeting after the public meeting, Phase One was passed and the start of Phase Two was initiated. There is a 20 day appeal period where people who opposed this plan can try again to keep it from becoming a reality.

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