Balancing the budget becoming more difficult
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.
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