Bal­anc­ing the bud­get be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Don Fletcher Coun­cil­lor’s Cor­ner

On May 25 we passed our bud­get for 2017. A lot of hard work by staff and coun­cil went into this de­lib­er­a­tion. It is be­com­ing harder and harder each year to balance our bud­get with­out rais­ing the ba­sic tax rate and us­ing up our re­serves.

I feel that, go­ing for­ward, we will have to raise our ba­sic tax rate to con­tinue to pro­vide the ser­vices we ex­pect and de­serve.

This is my fourth bud­get de­lib­er­a­tion and it is a stress­ful time as we con­sider our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to you, the tax­payer, be­cause that is where the ma­jor­ity of our funds come from.

The op­er­at­ing bud­get for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has in­creased by $2,084,864, or 8.3 per cent, over last year for a to­tal bud­get of $27,119,404.

There has been no change in tax rates with the ex­cep­tion of area rates for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial for the former town of Parrs­boro.

Coun­cil has in­cluded $755,000 in this year’s bud­get for the grants pro­grams. This sup­ports the many vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tions that con­trib­ute so much to our county and, re­mem­ber, this money stays within the county.

Due date for the 2017-18 tax bills will be July 15, with in­ter­est to be charged on out­stand­ing ac­counts on or af­ter July 16.

Ques­tion: did you vote? Call your coun­cil­lor.

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