Membership is open to ALL residents, taxpayers and business owners in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. We pride ourselves on timely communications with our members. We strive to keep them informed on what is going on in the Township that effects them directly or indirectly.
Face masks are now required in Muskoka. See - Face Masks Required - for full details.
COVID-10 Information - see COVID-19 Info
Township Swimming Lessons Canceled - for more information see Cancelled
The Township of Muskoka Lakes Council passed the final 2020 Operating and Capital budget on May 13, 2020. The Township estimates this will add $4.34 for a residential property assessed at $500,000 for the Township portion of the tax bill. Note that the Township's portion of the property tax bill represents only about 20% of the total taxes due. The District accounts for about 52% and Education the remaining 28%.
A copy of the final Township budget may be accessed here - 2020 Approved Township Budget
The tax rates for Township, District and Education are available here - 2020 Final Tax Rates
The notice from the Township may be found here - 2020 Budget and Waiving of Penalties
It should be noted that the budget for 2020 was considerably later this year as the Township was without a Treasurer until recently.
The Township has recently produced a 2-page summary regarding their by-laws and the enforcement procedures. This covers noise, tree cutting, ATV usage as well as many more areas. A copy of that summary can be found here - TML By-Law. Enforcement
Consider posting a copy in your cottage.
Restoration of Portage Landing Park delayed to spring 2021. Speed sign requested for Bala. The KEE withdraws outdoor events request. Township of Muskoka Lakes re-opens cautiously. The Barrens are being mis-used. Township Commercial Resort Policy to be reviewed concurrently with the District, not jointly. Are boathouses being used for more than marine storage? Township new Strategic Plan meetings reviewed. Port Sandfield bridge being closed nightly and for a two week complete closure. - Read more about Township Watch - August 2020
Discussions resume regarding parking on Currie Street in Bala. Deferral of late fees on property taxes not extended. Fire Department has an average response time of 15 minutes and 16 seconds, and other satistics. Request to remove resort commercial applications from District staff. Council votes to support the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit mask mandate. Strategic Plan meetings to resume via ZOOM. Township to remain status quo with meeting being held electronically as they re-open. Application for outdoor events at The KEE deferred. Committee votes to add “resort policies” to the Official Plan Review. Standard “conditions” suggested on all condominium agreements within the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Township loses further staff members. - Read more about Township Watch - July 2020
Township embarks on an asset management plan. Closure of the Port Sandfield bridge. Littering by-law to be researched. The KEE to Bala “contingency plan” for the summer of 2020, includes many outdoor events. Swift River Energy Limited to terminate lease of Township lands. Curbside pick-up in Port Carling defeated. Joint Official Plan policy review for Minett update & $30,000.00 approved for a consultant. Delegation of consent approvals to staff defeated. Township staff ~ new hire, new title and those leaving. Grass runway at the Muskoka Airport closed for 2020. Michael Duben resigns as District CAO. - Read more about Township Watch - June 2020
Committee of the Whole met to deliberate the 2020 budget. Council passes 2020 budget with a levy of 2.14%. Penalties on unpaid property taxes wavied. Condominium agreements carried with Mist Opportunities Inc. & Villas of Lake Muskoka Ltd. Director of Financial Services hired. COVID-19 update from the Commissioner of Health Services at the District of Muskoka. - Read more about Township Watch - May 2020
Township and District meetings held electronically during COVID-19. Township By-Law Officer appointed. Moon River dock will not be available for use again this summer. Beaumaris Bridge in need of repairs. Penalties on late property taxes deferred to May 31st, 2020. Township operational activities and COVID-19. Should boat launches be closed during COVID-19? Will the grass runway at the Muskoka Airport open this year? An update from the District on solid waste management ~ curb side pick up, transfer stations and unstaffed bin sites. Draft 1 of the Township 2020 budget returned to staff for cuts. - Read more about Township Watch - April 2020
As part of the Township’s budgeting process, comments and suggestions on the proposed budget are solicited from the community. You can read our submission here. - Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2020 Budget
The recently released report on flooding in Ontario represents the first step in an effort to understand what caused the flooding and what we can do better to try to mitigate the effects of future flood events. The report is of financial importance to those directly in the path of the flood as well as all taxpayers who will have to pay for any damage to publicly owned infrastructure. This Economic Snapshot gives the reader an opportunity to review the study findings as they apply directly to Muskoka. - Read more about Economic Snapshot - Winter - 2019 / 2020
Muskoka Weather - click on image for more details.