Bay Roberts adopts its 2013 operating budget

Nicholas Mercer
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Town drops mill rate from 8.75 to 7

Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood brought down his town's 2013 municipal operating budget during the regular council meeting on Dec. 11 at the council office in Bay Roberts.

The Town of Bay Roberts has adopted its 2013 municipal operating budget.

At its regular council meeting on Dec. 11, Mayor Philip Wood presented what he called a “good budget,” and one that will be “well-received” by the residents of the Conception Bay North community.

When the ledger had been balanced, Bay Roberts saw an increase of roughly half a million dollars, going from $6.7 million to $7.3 million.

The highlight of the budget was undoubtedly the drop of the town’s mill rate from 8.75 to 7, a lowering of 1.75.

With Bay Roberts growing exponentially, the town’s municipal assessments rose in 2012 by an average of 51 per cent for residential properties and 15 per cent for commercial properties, Wood said it was necessary for the town to look at helping out its citizens financially.

“It was done to soften the blow, so-to-speak,” said Wood.

Other aspects of the budget addressed some of the town’s infrastructure and capital works needs.

“We have a lot of aging equipment,” said Wood. “Some of our equipment is some 20-plus years old.”

The mayor said council is pleased with the budget.

“The future looks extremely bright for the town,” he said.

 Here are some of the other highlights from the 2013 budget:

• No increase in business tax rates;

• No increase in water and sewer taxes;

• Funds allocated for the purchase of a second excavator and float, a new sweeper attachment and a new dump truck;

• Firefighter remuneration jumping from $20,000 to $30,000;

For complete coverage of the Bay Roberts 2013 municipal operating budget, see the Dec. 18 print edition of The Compass.

 nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Geographic location: Bay Roberts

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  • Dean
    December 13, 2012 - 11:14

    No Sam every firefighter does not get 30k each, it is an amount split up between all the firefighters for the countless hours spent serving the residents of the area away from their families putting their lives on the line at times while you are in bed. It is also a very common practice for councils across the province to do this for volunteer brigades actually some volunteer brigades get much more and it is no secret as it is part of the budget. I'm sure the majority of residents have no problem. A paid department would cost you alot more with the same service. Until you are ready to do what they do please do not criticize them.

  • SAm
    December 12, 2012 - 15:43

    No word of the Golden Mile getting some finishing paving?? And I'd like to get the details of the fire fighters remuneration. Do every fire fighter get $30k now?? I thought it was a volunteer brigade.