TBL prop­erty val­ues rise in lat­est as­sess­ment

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY NEWS - By Steve Blake By Steve Blake

The value of prop­erty in the Town of Brome Lake has gone up, the coun­cil said at its reg­u­lar meet­ing Tues­day night, Oct. 2. The lat­est as­sess­ment shows an in­crease of 9.34 per cent. The value of prop­er­ties in the town has in­creased from $1.39 bil­lion to $1.52 bil­lion, Mayor Richard Bur­combe said.

“The coun­cil has taken note of this data and it is some­thing we will take into ac­count in the com­ing weeks as we pre­pare the 2019 bud­get es­ti­mates,” Bur­combe wrote in a press re­lease. His­tor­i­cally, the town has low­ered the tax rate when prop­erty val­ues have in­creased, he added.

Spe­cific in­for­ma­tion on each prop­erty will be posted on the town’s web­site be­gin­ning Mon­day, Oct. 18. Tax­pay­ers who dis­agree with the eval­u­a­tion may re­quest a re­view by April 30, 2019.

The Knowl­ton Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val board of di­rec­tors has named Ben Mcau­ley as the fes­ti­val’s of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher. The 13-year-old said he’s a lit­tle ner­vous about it.

“Peo­ple ex­pect re­ally good pho­tos,” he said, in an in­ter­view. “It’s a bit strange. I didn’t ex­pect it.” But he’s mak­ing a name for him­self. “Be­fore, I was known as the book­store own­ers’ son,” he said.

The Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val’s Philip Lan­thier said the board is con­fi­dent Ben will do the job well.

“We’re pleased and ex­cited Ben will join us,” he said. “We like to in­volve youth.”

Ben said he has been mak­ing films for two years, and tak­ing work­shops with Arts Alive. He found out he had a knack for tak­ing pho­tos when he went to the Biodome in Mon­treal. He then started tak­ing pic­tures around the neigh­bor­hood. And he de­cided to in­vest in a bet­ter cam­era. He had been us­ing the fam­ily’s cam­era. His is a Canon 26I.

He has be­gun to no­tice the dif­fer­ence in light­ing dur­ing dif­fer­ent times of the day, like at sun­set or early morn­ing, when shad­ows are long, he said. “Never in mid day.” He likes up-close shots of things like mush­rooms, and he is be­gin­ning to work on por­traits with his friends. But he hasn’t worked on land­scapes yet.

Asked if he has taken pho­tog­ra­phy lessons, Ben said he met a lo­cal who has been a pho­tog­ra­pher for most of her life. She has been giv­ing him tips on Face­book, he said. “I send her pic­tures and ask her what I can do to take bet­ter pic­tures.”

She will be Ben’s co-pho­tog­ra­pher at the Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val.

Ben said he has thought about mak­ing a liv­ing as a pho­tog­ra­pher, and he wants to do some di­rect­ing and film­mak­ing.

The Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val will be his first paid job as a pho­tog­ra­pher, he said, but he did earn $24 in a com­pe­ti­tion at the Brome Fair.

Ben seems to have al­ways had an artis­tic and en­ter­pris­ing mind. Hav­ing hung around the book­store he learned he could make money by writ­ing. He wrote books when he was young and sold them in the store so he could by Le­gos, he said.

PHOTO BY STEVE BLAKE

Thir­teen-year-old Ben Mcau­ley will be the Knowl­ton Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val’s of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher.

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