Glovertown bud­get not com­pleted

2018 dead­line ex­ten­sion gives coun­cil time to wrap up process

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RANDELL Adam.randell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Glovertown’s bud­get hasn’t been com­pleted yet, but a change to the pro­vin­cial dead­lines will see it sub­mit­ted in time, says Mayor Doug Churchill.

Typ­i­cally, mu­nic­i­pal bud­get dead­lines are set for Dec. 31, and time needed be­yond this date re­quires an ex­ten­sion re­quest ap­proval from the min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs.

How­ever, there was a change to 2018 bud­get dead­lines.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, leg­is­la­tion al­lowed for a later bud­get sub­mis­sion be­cause it was a mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion year.

The pro­vi­sion al­lows mu­nic­i­pal bud­gets to be adopted by Jan. 1, 2018 and then sub­mit­ted to the de­part­ment by Jan. 31.

Churchill said Jan. 11 the Town of Glovertown usu­ally has its bud­get com­pleted by this time, but with a new coun­cil in place and other town-re­lated items to be ad­dressed, “it in­ter­fered with the process a lit­tle bit.”

“It will be an­other cou­ple of weeks be­fore it’s fin­ished,” he added.

Hav­ing looked at the work com­pleted to date, Churchill said the bud­get shouldn’t be too wor­ri­some for the town’s tax­pay­ers.

“The ini­tial as­sess­ment is we’ll be able to hold the line as far as taxes are con­cerned,” he said. “But we won’t know for sure un­til the bud­get is fi­nal­ized.”

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Glovertown mayor Doug Churchill

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