Spaniard’s Bay adopts tight 2017 budget
The 2017 budget Spaniard’s Bay councillors passed unanimously last week features little in the way of change compared to the previous year.
Deputy Mayor Paul Brazil, who chairs the town’s finance committee, confirmed there would be no change to the mil rates or fees for 2017. Overall spending in the balanced budget will increase by less than two per cent to just over $2.22 million compared to $2.18 million in 2016.
“There’s no big surprises in it,” Brazil said at the Monday, Jan. 16 meeting. “It’s a stay-the-course type of budget.”
Brazil attributed the slight revenue increase to new properties constructed over the last couple of years that are now completed.
On the capital works side of things, Spaniard’s Bay will complete paving at Seymour’s Road and sewer line twinning from Northern Cove Outfall heading toward Tilton. The latter job should increase the capacity of the sewer system for that area.
The town will also purchase a new pickup truck for the fire department in 2017 and relocate the municipal depot to the new town hall building.
Monday’s meeting was the first inside the new council chambers. The majority of renovations for that room are finished, though Brazil noted some bills still need to be paid. The town budgeted $10,000 for that work.
On recreation, the town is budgeting $12,000 to complete its recreation project. The Wesley Gosse Heritage Museum will also receive some additional help from the town in 2017, with $14,000 budgeted to assist repairs to the entrance and the side facing the river.
The town’s debt-to-service ratio sits at 17.8 per cent, a five-percentage-point increase over 2016.
There’s no big surprises in it. It’s a stay-the-course type of budget. — Deputy Mayor Paul Brazil
Last Monday’s Spaniard’s Bay council meeting was the first held in the renovated council chambers.
Spaniard’s Bay Deputy Mayor Paul Brazil delivered the town’s budget at the Monday, Jan. 16 council meeting.