There is still time for Berwick residents to weigh in on the town’s budget deliberations.
At their April 22 meeting, council members reviewed more than half the budget and approved base and discretional revenues and expenses that will raise the tax rate by just over two cents. At their upcoming meeting, taking place May 13, they will review proposed service level initiatives that have the potential to add close to four cents more to the tax rate if all are approved by council.
Items in this category of non-essential items include requests to increase grants to organizations, increased funding for road maintenance and tree planting programs, website initiatives to improve event promotion and local services and development initiatives, including pop-up markets and local business advocacy.
Finance director Greg Towne reported no public input has been received since the draft budget was released on the town website in early April. The budget document can be viewed online at http://www.town.berwick.ns.ca/