No increases for taxes or water and sewer rates in budget that was delivered at noon at Charlottetown City Hall
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Cecil Villard, chair of the City of Charlottetown's finance committee (Guardian file photo)
There will be no increase in taxes or in the water and sewer rates in Charlottetown.
The City of Charlottetown passed a $45.9 million budget 9-0 shortly after noontime today. Coun. Mitchell Tweel was absent.
There will be a new fire hall as the city has budgeted $2.25 million to acquire new land this year.
The city has also set aside $11 million for work to storm/sanitary water separation project, the new fire hall and work on the new water source in Miltonvale.
The city is also budgeting $70,000 to pay for two police officers, one each at Charlottetown Rural and Colonel Gray.
The water and sewer utility budget is $10.5 million.
The city will also install 1,000 water meters on homes this year.
The city's net debt is $75 million, on par with last year although the municipality will retire $900,000 in debt by the end of 2014.
Charlottetown also announced a new commemorative parks initiative that will see benches and statues erected at all the parks in the amalgamated parks in the capital.
Coun. Cecil Villard also announced June 14 will be Quebec City Day in Charlottetown. That includes a visit from the mayor of Quebec City.
Also visiting the capital this year is the Governor General and all the lieutenant-governors, as well as a visit from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.