Hat­ley Town­ship taxes go down

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Hat­ley

Hat­ley Town­ship is one of those few mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties where prop­erty taxes have gone down. The town’s res­i­den­tial mill rate went from .39/$100 to .38/$100, or about 2.4%. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s mayor, Martin Primeau, chalks it up to good man­age­ment and the in­crease in the town’s pop­u­la­tion which now sits at about 2,150. “New res­i­dents bring new tax rev­enues. That along with the tax rev­enues from the quar­ries helped us to lower taxes and to ab­sorb the amount we didn’t re­ceive from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment,” said Mr. Primeau in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal. “Our pop­u­la­tion in­creases ev­ery year; we at­tract a lot of peo­ple from Sher­brooke who are look­ing for a more ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Jack­son Heights devel­op­ment project on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s territory, about twenty lots, is al­most com­plete. An­other devel­op­ment project which is in its ini­tial stage, Pro­jet Plateau Mas­saw­ippi, will fea­ture about seventy units: sin­gle dwellings, du­plexes and triplexes.

The town has be­gun its plans for a multi-func­tional build­ing, one that would house both a com­mu­nity cen­tre and the Town Hall. Can­ton Hat­ley’s Town Hall is, oddly enough, now lo­cated in North Hat­ley, and when large meet­ings are called, they have to rent a nearby church to hold them in. “We have bought a piece of land in the Parc de Mont Hat­ley and we hope to start build­ing there. We’re hop­ing to re­ceive some grants to help pay for the project. We have made some pre­lim­i­nary drafts of the project and we are still eval­u­at­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity. Noth­ing is de­fin­i­tive yet,” said the mayor.

The mayor is anx­ious for the new wa­ter sys­tem to be in op­er­a­tion. “It’s sup­posed to be ready in Fe­bru­ary. There is still test­ing to be done on the wa­ter qual­ity, on the canals and the wa­ter mains.” Can­ton Hat­ley will be con­nected to the new wa­ter treat­ment plant that was built in North Hat­ley.

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