“You can stay, you know.”

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Kyl Ch­hat­wall North Hat­ley

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.

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