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Bala Falls Update

Bala continues to be in the spotlight what with requests from the developer of the power plant for road access to the site, a study of a proposed Bala Heritage Conservation District for lands surrounding the falls, and the final (?) disposition of the suit brought by the Township against the Ministry of Natural Resources relating to a portage route at the falls.

For the complete story, please visit - The Tale of Bala Falls

Muskoka Ratepayers' Annual Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Muskoka Ratepayers' Association was held on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at the Port Carling Community Centre.  

The meeting featured presentations on a number of community happenings, including the Nursing Station.  Our theme this year was around emergency services, and the audience was treated to presentation by our own Fire Department, and from the District of Muskoka Director of Emergency Services - Terri Burton.

For full details of the morning, please select Report of 2014 Annual Meeting

Recent Senior Staff Departures

In recent months, a number of senior staff have resigned from the Township.  The Ratepayers are concerned about the loss of these talented individuals, but wishes them well in their future endeavours.

Since May, the following have left:

  • Chris Wray - Chief Administrative Officer - to Wawa, Ontario
  • Stephen Rettie - Treasurer - to the Town of Bracebridge
  • Nick Popovitch - Senior Planner - to Georgian Bay

Interim CAO Hired

the Township has hired an interim Chief Administrative Officer - Mr. Clayton Harris.  Mr. Harris comes to the Township from the City of Vaughan where he held management positions including City Manager and Commissioner of Finance & Corporate Services/Treasurer. 

The MRA welcome Mr. Harris and look forward to working with him in the coming months

Nomination Papers Filed as of July 24

With the municipal elections coming this fall, the following have officially filed their nomination papers

  • Mayor - Don Furniss
  • Ward A District Councillor - Greg Knight
  • Ward A Township Councillor - Donelda Kruckel
  • Ward B District Councillor - Allen Edwards
  • Ward B Township Councillor - Gault McTaggart
  • Ward C District Councillor - Ron Brent
  • Ward C District Councillor - Phil Harding
  • Ward C Township Councillor - Jean-Anne Baranik

Note that the final day for nominations is September 12, 2014.

2014 Township Budget Meetings

The Township of Muskoka Lakes has passed the 2014 operating and capital budgets for this year. At the Council meeting on Valentine's Day. It calls for a 2.75% increase in the tax levy or about and extra $1.83 increase in tax for every $100,000 of 2013 assessed value.

The budget that was presented at Council for approval may be found at the following link -2014 Budget - Final Version 2014 Budget - Final Version

There is a more extensive article about the budget and how we got here at the following page on our site - Special Budget Report

Draft Zoning By-Law

The Township has been in the process of updating the Comprehensive Zoning By-Law (previously known as 87-87).  This is a by-law that governs the general use of all types of properties in the Township, be they water front, commercial, rooming houses, etc.  The draft by-law can be found on the Township web site by following the link to the TML - Draft Zoning By-Law. Written comments on the proposed new Comprehensive Zoning By-law will be accepted until January 6, 2014.

For some further information on the by-law, please refer to an item in the December Township Watch which MRA members receive via email, and is also available at - Township Watch - December 2013

Our New Web Site

We are pleased to finally introduce our new web site. It has been designed to provide much easier ways to navigate around the site, and ultimately to search for material in which you may be interested. It is also easier for us to update, so that we can get you information much more quickly.

As the site is more fully implemented, you will be able to join or renew your membership, and also sign up for newsletters of particular interest to you.  You will also be able to update your personal information online should you wish to do so (of course, you can always contact us in whatever form you chose - email, phone, mail, etc.).

We will also have an events calendar to indicate Ratepayer happenings, meetings of the Township or District, or general interest activities.

Please bear with us as the site is rolled out, but more importantly, please let us know of any errors that you spot, or suggestions that you have to make the site more useful to you.  You can send your suggestions and comments regarding the site to


Simply click below to join,  or renew through PayPal and enter the required information. 

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