The Town of Windsor issued a press release Tuesday, April 22 announcing the highlights of its latest budget.
The Town of Windsor approved its draft 2014-15 budget, which will see cost savings passed back to residents in the form of lower tax rates.
"These are challenging times for small towns, and council/staff have been working very hard over the past two years to find sustainable cost savings and new revenue sources. And our council was adamant that any savings were to be passed back to our residents in the form of lower taxes this year,” said Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley in a prepared statement.
Windsor’s committee of the whole met over two days, April 15 and 16, 2014 to discuss the budget details. Following are highlights:
• A decrease of six cents in the residential tax rate (from $1.96 to $1.90);
• A decrease of nine cents in the commercial tax rate (from $4.08 to $3.99)
• Cost savings and new revenues will accrue from new service sharing agreements with partnering municipalities West Hants and Wolfville; changes to policing services under the town's municipal policing contract; anticipated lower Kings Transit costs from a proposed new joint transit plan in West Hants; and general belt-tightening and reduced grants to external organizations.
• The committee also endorsed a recent motion by the joint councils requesting a meeting between the towns of Windsor and Hantsport and Municipality of West Hants with the Department of Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey to discuss future governance options in Hants County;
• The committee endorsed new proposed transit routes and costs-cutting measures presented by Kings Transit at the meeting of joint councils, and to allow Kings Transit one year for the implementation/review of the new program.
Ratification and final approval of the 2014-15 Town of Windsor budget will be part of a town council meeting later this month.