PICTOU – Pictou residents will have some changes on their tax bill this coming fiscal year.
The town recently approved its 2014-2015 budget with a residential tax rate of $1.63, but residents will also have to pay a 10-cent fire hydrant rental and adjust to a user-pay system for garbage collection.
This will mean a slight increase in the tax rate for some homeowners in the town, but extra revenue is needed to help keep the town’s books in good standing, said CAO Scott Conrod.
Council approved its $5.9 million budget for the upcoming year which saw a $30,000 decrease in funding to the local fire department but a larger budget for the transportation department.
He said the transportation department budgeted for $95,000 last fiscal year, but because of the long winter season and lots of snow removal, its expenses actually totalled $323,000.
Unexpected RCMP overtime costs also contributed to the town’s $72,000 deficit this past fiscal year as did a loss on a tax sale.
The town will also be closing the CN Station for the winter and putting out a request for proposals on the sale of the building once the Northumberland Fisheries Museum moves to its new location on Caladh Avenue.
The town is looking working with a $195,000 capital budget this coming fiscal year that includes street maintenance and paving, new playground equipment, new way-finding signage and upgrades to the town’s sewer pumps.