Montague passes budget without tax increases

Steve Sharratt
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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.

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Recent comments

  • OMG
    March 13, 2014 - 20:22

    Montague is apparently spending $148,000 on economic development with the renovation and opening of a new Artisans on Main headquarters on the south side of the river....and $100,000 for art murals along Main Street. Am I the only person who wonders if the Montague town council has been overdosing on caffeine lately? That is one quarter of a million dollars to artists. This year.

  • Out of touch
    March 13, 2014 - 11:22

    The mayor is out of touch with reality. Good thing it is election year!!

  • Agree with I would
    March 12, 2014 - 22:38

    I agree with I Would...amazing waste of $ by Montague council. Can not understand the thousands of $ re artisans on the river where if artisans on Main have been so successful to date, shouldn't they be paying their own way by now. Was this building bought or is Montague council just paying for the reno of the building. Wasn't Montague just recently trying to annex a few houses out of area to get a few sheckels of extra tax money?

  • I Would
    March 12, 2014 - 17:47

    I would have to say that Montague isn't being very wise in their spending . $1.7 million for a town of their population seems out of place from my view . No wonder they are trying to force surrounding areas into town limits . They should trim their spending & reduce the taxes for the residents , then maybe the people they are trying to force into town wouldn't mind it as much . Money is scarce today & people don't like to see it wasted with unnessary spending which I'm sure is the case in Montague . Example Mayor & Council's wages . Just where is their civic duty . They should be just taking a tokin . It's not a full time job like Tronto . I'm sure there is better way's to use the tax dollar than renovation and opening of a new Artisans on Main headquarters on the south side of the river . Just how is that helping the long term residents who built the town & are struggleing to stay in their homes . I fail to understand their thinking other than they have enough that they are not struggeling .