Here are your latest Brockville and area headlines:
- Brockville council was able to shave off a few dollars from the 2023 budget, passing along a 7.37 per cent residential tax increase. It means homeowners will be paying just over $98 more this year for every $100,000 of assessed value on their home. The increase going into Tuesday’s meeting was 7.96 per cent. The budget includes $7.9 million in capital projects this year.
- Two men from eastern Leeds-Grenville are facing charges after a break-in to a building on Center Street in Spencerville Friday (March 3). Police arrested a 23-year-old Johnstown man and then after getting more information, nabbed a 24-year-old Edwardsburgh-Cardinal man. The charges suggest the suspects got into the building but weren’t able to steal anything before they were caught.
- Rideau Lakes Township will likely get a roundabout as a traffic solution for Highway 15 and County Road 42 in Crosby. That’s based on a study for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. If all goes according the plan, the township hopes construction could happen next year.
- Around two dozen people demonstrated outside the Brockville Public Library Tuesday supporting transgender rights.
- A Kemptville car dealership reached a milestone in helping the local hospital. The Myers General Motors dealer recently surpassed $10,000 raised through $10 donations it’s been making for vehicle inspections, called the Health Check for Change. The Kemptville District Hospital Foundation is raising $2 million for a new CT scan machine.