Business tax increase highlights Montague budget

Steve Sharratt
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Town of Montague 2016 budget

MONTAGUE — The commercial tax rate is going up as eastern P.E.I.’s largest town intends to make the municipality “more desirable” and create an “environment of optimism” as part of the 2016 budget estimates unveiled this week.

Residential rates remain stable, but the commercial rate will increase by five cents as a way to raise additional funds to help the town fill a funding pot towards some economic development projects planned ahead.

Finance treasurer Jill Walsh unveiled the $1.3 million budget at town hall and said the high priority items are police and fire services along with legal obligations and maintenance of town sidewalks and equipment.

The town is also pursuing an unprecedented attempt to turn over the entire 12 kilometres of town streets and road to the government.

“The town is pursuing the objective that the province take over all our town streets because the municipal grant they give us each year to take care of the infrastructure does not cover the maintenance costs,’’ she said.

More on this story later today and in Wednesday's print and e-editions of The Guardian

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I.

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  • de udder guy
    March 15, 2016 - 14:49

    Well yes raising the tax rates certainly results in making the area more desireable. Just like the person who won the lottery and decided to become a farmer until the money was all gone. As for the optimism I think that left quite some time ago except for the council that seems to operate in some type of parallel universe.

  • Pat McGowan
    March 15, 2016 - 14:46

    "Open and transparent" A budget meeting should be advertised.Was it? Certainly we didn't see it.Environment of optimism? Really!!!!