Taxes increasing in Berwick, public input wanted

Nancy Kelly
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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/ 

Geographic location: Berwick

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  • P'd off Berwick tax payer
    May 07, 2014 - 10:55

    Why would we want to pay more taxes in this community ????? The water quality is horrible to the point a filter system has to have its filter changed ever three days, you dont dare have white clothes run through your washer as they turn orange, the town has nothing appealing to draw people to it besides an arena and Bargin Harleys and the amount of crime is terrible. The roads in berwick are in better shape then anywhere else in the valley. Taxes just went down last year and now there going back up ????? We pay higher taxes theN any other town and we have LESS services. Now if you want to do a increase to make the town look more appealing appearance wise to the public ok or why not make commercial business and residential landlord and property owners clean there houses up, clean up the hoodlems that hang out front of Tim Hortons and RBC and pay someone to go around and pick the garbage up. Id personally rather live in wolfville and pay higher taxes there and live in a better community that has more services to owners of property and is a heck of a lot more appealing town. Selling our house is at the top of our list this summer !!!!!!