Spa­niard’s Bay adopts tight 2017 bud­get

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY ANDREW ROBINSON TC MEDIA ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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

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Last Mon­day’s Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil meet­ing was the first held in the ren­o­vated coun­cil cham­bers.

ANDREW ROBINSON/TC MEDIA

Spa­niard’s Bay Deputy Mayor Paul Brazil de­liv­ered the town’s bud­get at the Mon­day, Jan. 16 coun­cil meet­ing.

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