Revenue up by about 4 per cent
Annapolis County Council
By Stephen Hawboldt
The residential and business tax rates were maintained in the $15.2 million budget approved at a special session of the Annapolis County council last week. Funding for police services, the Fundy YMCA, and a salary increase for councillors were the main discussion points in the budget debate.
The council agreed to fund an additional police constable for the Annapolis detachment of the RCMP. This new position will bring the staff complement to 14 county-funded officers plus one street crime investigator supported by the province.
Councillor Timothy Habinski was unable to win council support for two additional constables. The county police commission told the councillors in November 2012 that they require an additional six officers. Since then, one officer has been added in each of the two years.
Over the objections of councillors Wayne Fowler, Frank Chipman, and Martha Roberts, the 2014/15 budget includes $181,250 to cover any losses arising from the operations of the Fundy YMCA at Cornwallis Park. While Councillors Brian “Fuzzy” Connell and Gregory Heming expressed concern about the ongoing level of the subsidy required, they supported approval. The CAO told the council that staff at the Fundy Y is monitoring expenses very closely.
The councillors also gave themselves a five-per-cent salary increase, the first for the current council.
The tax rates were pegged at 98 cents per $100 of assessment for residential and $1.80 per $100 for business. Due to changes in assessments, revenue from taxes and related municipal services will rise by about four per cent to $13.4 million in 2014/15.