Hatley Township taxes go down
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.