Erin’s conservation levy up just .92%

ERIN – The town’s share of the municipal funding for Credit Valley Conservation will be $74,096 in 2020, an increase of just .92% compared to the $73,421 paid in 2019.

Erin councillors received a presentation on Dec. 17 from Jeff Payne, CVC’s director of corporate services, explaining that Erin pays only about .6% of the general levy.

Most of the funding is provided by Peel Region (91.7%), Halton Region (5%) and Orangeville (2.4%).

He said changes should be moderate for 2021, but possible changes by the provincial government could cause major disruption in 2022.

CVC gets 53% of its funding from member municipalities, 30% from internal chargebacks and cost recoveries and 17% from fees related to conservation area use, planning, education and nursery sales. The province provides less than 1%.

More than 750,000 people visited CVC conservation areas in 2019, including 56,000 visitors on the Elora Cataract Trailway.

The CVC Foundation raised more than $1.5 million in 2019 for a variety of projects and programs.

Since 2015, more than 30,000 community and corporate volunteers have planted nearly 62,000 trees and shrubs.

Overall, CVC-led restoration has included planting more than 900,000 trees and shrubs on public and private lands, retaining nearly 406 million litres of runoff and capturing almost 17,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.