Clarington Council has approved the 2021 Municipal Budget, which includes a 2.04 per cent increase on the Clarington portion of the tax levy. That’s an increase of $31.01 per year for the average property. “This year, Council focused on minimizing spending and trying to make every dollar count,” said Mayor Adrian Foster. “We know that COVID-19 has financially impacted many businesses and residents. That’s why this year’s increase is tied to inflation and the rising cost of providing services. There are no new surprises, no new services added. We are simply trying to maintain our service levels and our investment in infrastructure,” added Mayor Foster.