Tax rates steady in Carbonear
Finance committee chair says town in good financial shape for 2015
Residents of Carbonear will be pleased to hear the town’s tax rates will not increase for 2015.
In an address to council Monday, Dec. 15, finance committee chair Coun. Ray Noel declared Carbonear is in great financial shape for the coming year.
“We find ourselves in a favourable financial position and we commit to maintaining such,” he explained.
The town will remain deficit free, and Noel added its debt servicing ratio of 14 per cent is well below Municipal Affairs’ recommended 30 per cent threshold.
For 2015, Noel announced the mill rate for residential properties will remain at 7.6, while commercial rates will hold steady at 10.25.
The budget was broken down by department, with a $ 200,000 increase to annual expenditures bringing it to just over $5.9 million.
One of the largest costs for this year’s budget will again be the transportation department. Over the past six years, transportation and works has upgraded an aging fleet of vehicles, and will continue to upgrade in the coming year, said Public Works director Brian O’Grady.
A 2006 Ford truck is being retired this year, and will be replaced. Also, a 1985 grader has run its course.
“It has been put in the current budget for replacement,” O’Grady said.
Some $300,000, same as 2014, will be budgeted for asphalt maintenance and repair, as well as $35,000 for sidewalks.
Carbonear has placed a strong emphasis on improving recreation facilities in recent years, and this year is no different. Of the $819,000 allotted for recreation and culture services, $41,000 will go towards recreation improvements and $33,000 for upgrades to the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre.
A savings of $20,000 for waste collection was confirmed due to the opening of the Waste Recovery Facility in Harbour Grace late last year. That money will now get dispersed among other departments.
The downtown area will also receive upgrades in 2015, with a $50,000 investment for enhancements. The remainder of the $205,570 of the tourism, marketing and development budget will be spread among unspecified projects.
For 2014, 538 permits were issued for construction and renovations. The value of those projects almost reached $9.1 million. Twenty-nine permits for new housing starts were issued and 11 for new businesses.
“We are confident the 2015 year will exhibit more of the same,” Noel said. their computers and playing video games, King was happy she could help get the children outside for some sliding fun.
Hope is not letting her diagnosis get her down. She has donated food to those in need and remained positive throughout her fight. This wish was just the icing on the cake for her.
But it wasn’t just a wish for some. Hope, Smith and Harbour Grace Coun. Kathy Tetford grew up as neighbours on the same lane, sliding the same hill. They jokingly referred to themselves as the three musketeers. “Miracles do happen,” Tetford explained. Beyond sliding, there were treats to enjoy at
Several items in the budget have been in discussion for quite some time.
Projects the town wants to begin at a cost of some $5 million will be depende n t o n g o v e r n m e n t approval. Council hopes to receive a cost share of 80/20 through the Building Canada Fund.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, the Carbonear council announced it would hire an Economic Development Officer (EDO).
In the budget, the annual salary for a new EDO will be between $50,000 and $55,000. Recruitment and hiring will take place early 2015.
Finally, Noel reminded council the federal wastewater system for effluent will come into effect in 2020 at a cost of some $20-$30 million. It is still unknown what kind of costshare program will be introduced to help shoulder the burden of the hefty price tag.
“… we will be taking measures to develop a reserve account to help prepare for this increased cost,” he said. the event. There were cups hot chocolate with whipped cream and candy canes, a weiner roast, and lots of marshmallows, all donated by staff from Powell’s Supermarket and Breaktime Coffee.
There was also a barrel fire, so people could warm up.
About 100 people, mostly adults, stopped by to give their well wishes to Hope, and wish her luck with her cancer battle.
“All of this came from the heart,” Smith said. “This is what friendship was when I grew up.”
Hope King (sitting centre), Linda Smith and Kathy Tetford are joined on the hill of snow by all the children who took part in Hope’s wish.
Coun. Ray Noel chairs the Town of Carbonear’s finance committee. He delivered the 2015 budget on Monday, Dec. 15.