Hatley has new mayor
The municipality of Hatley has a new mayor. Former town councillor Denis Ferland was confirmed as the new interim mayor during the town’s monthly meeting on Monday night. Long-time Hatley mayor, Jacques de Leseleuc, resigned in November after selling his Hatley home quicker than expected and moving to Magog. “Since there is less than twelve months left before the next municipal elections, one of the councillors will be the interim mayor,” explained the town’s general director, Roland Gascon. Mr. Ferland was the only councillor to come forward to fill the vacancy.
The town adopted its budget on December 3rd. The general tax rate remains the same at .3602 per $100 evaluation. Agricultural property tax went up slightly from .3512 to .3602; police tax went down for non-farming residents and up for farming residents and is now at .0997 per $100 for everyone. Same can be said for the road tax: up for farmers and down for non-farming residents, now equal at .0400.
The fees for garbage removal went down considerably: from $183 per household to $156, and the fee for recycling pick-up was abolished all together.
Total revenues in 2013 will be a little higher than in 2012, rising from $1,394,052 to $1,576,889. Operating expenses for 2013 are projected at $1,496,539.
The town of Hatley’s municipal council named their interim mayor at last Monday’s council meeting: Denis Ferland.