“You can stay, you know.”
So said North Hatley Mayor Michael Page at the beginning of the special budget section of Monday night’s council meeting.
His words were, for the most part, ignored. Members of the public smiled apologetically before ducking out—but duck out they did.
Budget reports, apparently, are not a popular thing to sit through on a Monday evening in North Hatley.
The special budget section of Monday’s meeting was intended, of course, to unveil the 2013 budget for the municipality. In a whirlwind of the usual opaque policy jargon, Directeur général
et secrétaire trésorier Léonard Castagner laid out Council’s projected finances for the coming year, rattling off the minutiae of property tax rates at such an alarming pace of unbroken French that Councillor Carol Haller joked, “Léonard, can I get you some water?”
“It might come in handy,” he replied before hunching over his laptop and delving back into the numbers.
Castagner showed tables and pie charts with projected revenues and expenditures for 2013.
As expected, the bulk of the municipality’s revenues will come from land taxes, to the tune of nearly $1.4 million, or 58% of total municipal revenue.
The largest piece of Castagner’s expenditure pie, however, will be “frais de financement,” or financing expenditures, worth over $760,000, or 32% of the budget.