Ayer’s Cliff finances looking good
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.”