GUYSBOROUGH – The new 2017-18 municipal budget and status quo tax rates received unanimous support from Municipality of the District of Guysborough councillors at a special meeting last Wednesday, March 20.
The $17 million balanced budget allows for $219,588 in grants to community organizations for capital projects, where the group raises at least 50 per cent of the project costs from other sources. Another $80,000 has been allocated for councillors’ support of community organizations ($10,000 per councillor).
The base rate for residential taxes remains at 61 cents per $100 of assessment, with the commercial rate staying at $2.58. The rate for property owners in the former town of Canso has remained the same for the five years since amalgamation with Guysborough.
Warden Vernon Pitts called it “a great budget”, noting that the municipality takes pride in having the lowest residential tax rate in the province.
“We’re able to have the lowest tax rate but still offer lots of recreation programming and have Public Works active throughout the municipality.”
Pitts told The Journal it’s a “stay the course” budget that reflects a good past year and “looks forward to another good year.”
Community organizations allotted project funding in the new budget include:
- St. Patrick’s Parish, $25,000
- Guysborough Fish and Game Assoc., $25,000
- Stormont Lodge, $15,000
- Eddy Point Marine Park Assoc. wharf, $25,000
- Société des acadiens de Tor Bay, $10,332
- Stormont United Church, $1,913
- Goldboro wharf, $13,877
- Black Duck Cove Day Park, $32,866
- Lincolnville Community Hall, $25,000
- Boylston Community Centre, $15,600
- Canso Harbour Authority, $25,000
- Milford Haven Home for Special Care, $5000