County of Kings op­er­at­ing bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions get­ting an­other look

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - By KIRK star­ratt Kingscountynews.ca Kentville kstar­ratt@kingscountynews.ca

Kings County coun­cil­lors had at least one more ses­sion to de­lib­er­ate the pro­posed op­er­at­ing bud­get be­fore ap­prov­ing the doc­u­ment.

Mayor Peter Mut­tart said coun­cil was to dis­cuss the op­er­at­ing bud­get again at the May 16 com­mit­tee of the whole ses­sion. He said hope­fully the pro­posed bud­get would be fi­nal­ized and coun­cil­lors would make a rec­om­men­da­tion for fi­nal ap­proval. The dis­cus­sion will take place fol­low­ing the reg­u­lar agenda.

Coun­cil held a spe­cial meet­ing on April 18 to ap­prove the op­er­at­ing and cap­i­tal bud­gets for the 2017-2018 fis­cal year. Coun­cil ap­proved the cap­i­tal bud­get to­talling $4,292,000 but not the op­er­at­ing bud­get.

Coun. Jim Win­sor made a mo­tion to de­fer ap­proval un­til coun­cil’s com­mit­tee of the whole has com­pleted its de­lib­er­a­tions with the date to be de­ter­mined. The mo­tion car­ried.

Fol­low­ing the spe­cial meet­ing, Mut­tart said some coun­cil­lors felt that some grant fund­ing re­quests hadn’t re­ceived as much dis­cus­sion as is war­ranted. Per­haps some of the re­quests had been mis­in­ter­preted or ap­pli­cants hadn’t been asked to ex­pand on what it is they in­tend to do if they re­ceive the fund­ing.

The pro­posed op­er­at­ing bud­get is bal­anced at $45,753,100. The pro­posed res­i­den­tial and re­source tax rate is $0.853 per $100 of as­sessed property value while the pro­posed com­mer­cial rate is $2.287 per $100 of as­sessed value.

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