The Town of Bay Roberts brought down its 2014 municipal operating budget on Dec. 10.
© Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood delivered the town's 2014 municipal operating budget during its regular council meeting on Dec. 10.
Coming in at $7.3 million, there was no raise from last year’s number.
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood called the budget “very sound and fiscally responsible.”
“It is one that is balanced and, for the second year in a row, does not require council to borrow to do so,” he said.
The town chose not to raise taxes, with its mill rate remaining at 7 per cent. To find out what you'll be paying in taxes in the new year, take the value your property has been assessed at, multiply it by the new mill rate and then divide that number by 1,000.
The mayor said council is pleased with the budget. He also feels that the public will be receptive to the financial outlook for 2014.
When addressing council, Wood indicated this year’s budget placed an emphasis on three areas — public works, public safety and sport and recreation.
“Residents have asked council to put a priority on improving our roads and ensuring we have adequate ditching and drainage in place to deal with any flooding that may arise,” said Wood.
Some highlights from the budget include:
• No increase in business tax rates;
• No increase in water and sewer taxes;
• Council will purchase a snorkel-pumper-ladder truck for the Bay Roberts Volunteer Fire Department;
• The purchase of generators in case of loss of power;
For more comprehensive coverage of Bay Roberts’ 2014 budget, read the Dec. 17 print edition of The Compass.