Town of Montague
MONTAGUE — Eastern P.E.I.’s largest town won’t experience any tax increases this year following the approval of a $1.7-million budget here Monday night.
“I can remember when I was last on council (1997) we approved a $700,000 budget,’’ said Coun. Jim Bagnall. “Now, look where we are.”
The town actually has a $2,600 surplus this year, but numerous councillors were quick to suggest countless ideas for needy projects.
“It’s very special to be able to bring in a good budget that indicates our growth and development throughout the town,’’ said Mayor Richard Collins.
“Especially in an election year,” he added.
The town will hold council elections in November.
The town designated about $250,000 to cover the cost of RCMP and fire protection and almost $450,000 was earmarked for town maintenance and transportation costs.
“We are going to see some new development on the south side of the river this year,’’ said Collins. “And even a foot bridge could be in the works.”
The recreation and culture budget this year swelled to $274,000, largely due to a $130,000 provincial grant for 2014 celebrations and events.
The town will spend $148,000 on economic development with the renovation and opening of a new Artisans on Main headquarters on the south side of the river.
It will also spend $100,000 on sidewalks along Princess Drive and the local consolidated school and repairs in the Riverview Manor vicinity.