PICTOU – The Town of Pictou will be operating with a $5.8 million budget this fiscal year.
Town CAO Scott Conrod said the town is expecting to generate close to $4 million in taxes with a tax rate of $1.86 residential and $4.39 commercial, which is the same as last year.
Some of the town’s largest expenditures will be $727,000 in administration costs, $811,267 in policing and $1 million for transportation costs. Environmental costs will ring in at $194,166, while recreation will have a bill of $565,686.
Conrod said policing costs rose this year because a new contract was negotiated with the RCMP and the town was also informed that is now being charged for guard duty.
The Town of Pictou will be allocating some of its capital costs to upgrading its computer system as well as replacing bay doors at the fire hall. It will also purchase a new service truck for public works and do some curb and gutter work along James Street.
Capital money will also be allocated to the Gateway Enhancement Program that includes new signage at the v-intersection in the town as well as allocated fund to the relocation of utility polices along Church Street.
Funds have already been designated for the realignment project along West River Road.
Conrod said there is little asphalt work planned for the upcoming year, but the capital budget can change if one project takes priority over another.