1/ Town Administration for a lot of hard work and yes they tried to bring the budget process out in the open for the general public to view, ask questions and take part in the process.
2/ Congratulations to the Mayor and Council for politely sitting and listening to the very FEW people who turned out to the open houses, or even fewer who attended the open forum at the November 13th regular council meeting and made presentations.
3/ Mayor and Council team for their display of leadership skills in “friendly” negotiations that involved reducing some projects, cutting others and then at the next meeting starting all over again.
Results everyone can read about in any of the local news media – a total of approximately $312,000 shaved off of an $11,000,000 operating budget and $3,642,400 capital budget really is only approximately 2% which really is peanuts.
HOORAY you say, our taxes are only going up 2% – but wait, this does NOT include
1/ the school tax requisitions which are collected by the municipality on behalf of the Province
2/ Mil rate increase for real growth assessment
3/ Water Fees are going up
4/ Sewer Fees are going up
5/ Garbage Fees are going up
So, does this hold the line at 2% still look as good as it does in print? Maybe a few more general Joe Blow general taxpayers SHOULD take an interest in what is going on with THEIR TAX DOLLARS!
Having gone to the open house, and all three council meetings, I close yet another budget season with an empty feeling of not being heard, not all the questions completely answered, people complaining about the “spending” trends of the town council and yet not willing to participate to change this trend.
My final question to the town council would be as the taxes continue to rise and they will with revenue trends decreasing when will affordable housing be available to those who will have to sell their properties and look for other means of living?
Linda Lyons a concerned taxpayer.