Stanstead Town budget over five million
With expenses totaling $5,153,385, the Stanstead budget approved on Monday night tops the five million dollar mark by a small margin. Almost two million dollars is budgeted for debt related services.
The main part of the pie is taken by water and waste services at $910,156, including close to three hundred thousand dollars for garbage and recycling. Next is the general administration of the 2,857 citizen town (according to the 2011 census, losing another hundred from the last one in 2006) at $615,723.
Public security, including police and firefighting, is at $468,894. By the way, the valuation role will have a minimal impact on the SQ bill. It will be $180,796 for 2012 and only $187,213 for next year. This is due to the ways that the valuation is adjusted, the so called Uniform Property Assessment (Richesse Foncières Uniformisée) which actually is coming down from $192,893,399 this year to $191,020, 954 in 2013. This will also mean that the town will pay around a thousand dollars less to the MRC, including the evaluation service.
Transport, including roads and snow removal, is budgeted at $568,139, culture and leisure at $264,446. The interest on long term debt is at $238,298.
These expenses will be offset by equal revenues, the main part being $1,828,218 of conditional transfer, $1,431,868 of municipal taxes, sectorial taxes of $78,566, tariffs from services totaling $787,295, $289,106 in taxes for provincial and federal infrastructure, the main part coming from the Customs building on highway 55.