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Not all councillors on board with Harbour Grace's 2017 budget

['\n\n\n<p>Coun. Kathy Tetford, chair of the Town of Harbour Grace’s finance committee, delivers details of the 2016 budget at the April 6 council meeting.&nbsp;</p>\n\n\n']
['\n\n\n<p>Coun. Kathy Tetford, chair of the Town of Harbour Grace’s finance committee, delivers details of the 2016 budget at the April 6 council meeting.&nbsp;</p>\n\n\n']

The town of Harbour Grace delivered its annual budget Tuesday, a budget that is slightly larger than last year’s.

“There’s been a number of meetings, and a number of arguments and a number of debates, and this is what we’re going to put forward,” explained Coun. Kathy Tetford, chair of the finance committee, as she introduced the budget.

Though Tetford noted that there were no “exorbitant changes in revenue or expenses,” this year’s budget, sitting at $3,478,745, is about $570,000 higher than 2016’s budget of $2,912,638.

Tetford explained that the $400,000 annual operating cost for the Danny Cleary Community Centre was largely responsible for this increase.

$242,000 has been budgeted for the purchase of a new backhoe, utility trailer, and other “odds and ends” for public works in the coming year.

The proposed tax structure outlined changes in the town’s taxes. Vacant land property tax is increasing from $50 to $100 minimum. A minimum tax of $350 for vacant land was proposed in the 2016 budget, but was later changed to a $50 tax. This tax is now $100. Also, domestic water and sewer tax, while remaining at $400, will now apply to vacant lots.

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Tetford voted against this tax structure, saying that she disagreed with both the $100 vacant land property tax, as well as the application of the $400 domestic water and sewage tax to vacant lots. Deputy Mayor Sonia William’s also voted against this proposed tax structure.

The town’s mil rate remained unchanged from last year, remaining at 7.75 mils.

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“There’s been a number of meetings, and a number of arguments and a number of debates, and this is what we’re going to put forward,” explained Coun. Kathy Tetford, chair of the finance committee, as she introduced the budget.

Though Tetford noted that there were no “exorbitant changes in revenue or expenses,” this year’s budget, sitting at $3,478,745, is about $570,000 higher than 2016’s budget of $2,912,638.

Tetford explained that the $400,000 annual operating cost for the Danny Cleary Community Centre was largely responsible for this increase.

$242,000 has been budgeted for the purchase of a new backhoe, utility trailer, and other “odds and ends” for public works in the coming year.

The proposed tax structure outlined changes in the town’s taxes. Vacant land property tax is increasing from $50 to $100 minimum. A minimum tax of $350 for vacant land was proposed in the 2016 budget, but was later changed to a $50 tax. This tax is now $100. Also, domestic water and sewer tax, while remaining at $400, will now apply to vacant lots.

SEE RELATED:

‘Developer happy with tax change in Harbour Grace’

‘Harbour Grace releases budget details’

Tetford voted against this tax structure, saying that she disagreed with both the $100 vacant land property tax, as well as the application of the $400 domestic water and sewage tax to vacant lots. Deputy Mayor Sonia William’s also voted against this proposed tax structure.

The town’s mil rate remained unchanged from last year, remaining at 7.75 mils.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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