Mulgrave holds the line in 2018/19 budget

By Helen Murphy    

MULGRAVE – Town council made no change to municipal tax rates in passing the annual budget at its regular monthly meeting on May 22. The residential rate stays at $1.18 per $100 of taxable assessment, and the commercial rate at $4.32.

Other approved budget items included $107,793 for the Mulgrave Water Utility, to be recovered through a levy of $0.19 per $100 of assessed value in the area serviced by fire hydrants; a rate of $0.43 per $100 of assessed value in the area serviced for sanitary sewer; and that each household pay a special levy of $104 per year for solid waste collection.

In other council news, Port Hawkesbury Mayor Chisholm Beaton appeared before council to encourage the Town of Mulgrave to join the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network (ESREN) -- a business development agency -- for the remainder of the year ending March 31,2019. She noted that there would be no financial commitment beyond this point in time, which was a previous concern of council.

The mayor described the positive affect that ESREN has had on Port Hawkesbury’s business climate, with examples of business start ups resulting from ESREN initiatives.

Beaton also noted the impending change in operations at the Mulgrave Education Centre and the opportunity for ESREN to assist in the different strategies that will be evolving as well as in promoting and assisting other business opportunities within the community.

Mulgrave Mayor Ralph Hadley asked that ESREN be added to the agenda for the town's June 4th council meeting.