Ayer’s Cliff fi­nances look­ing good

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Ayer's Cliff

The Ayer’s Cliff mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil adopted the 2013 bud­get dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing held Mon­day evening. Although prop­erty val­ues rose along with some mu­nic­i­pal ex­penses, such as what will be paid to the Sureté du Québec, in­di­vid­ual tax bills will be lower this year. “Even with the in­crease in prop­erty val­ues, the av­er­age tax bill will be about 1% less than last year, and more for some prop­erty own­ers,” com­mented mayor Alex van Zuiden. With the in­crease of the town’s tax base, it went from roughly $159 mil­lion to $171 mil­lion, the coun­cil voted to de­crease the town’s mill rate.

As of De­cem­ber 15th, the town was sit­ting on a sur­plus of over $813,000. That amount rep­re­sents 47% of the town’s bud­get, well over the pro­vin­cial av­er­age. The bud­get for 2013 amounts to around one and a quar­ter mil­lion dol­lars.

When asked how the town man­aged to re­duce ev­ery­one’s tax bill, es­pe­cially when you con­sider the re­cent im­prove­ments in the town’s ser­vices such as the ren­o­va­tion of Tyler Park, Mr. van Zuiden re­sponded: “We’re run­ning the town like a busi­ness.”

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