GUYSBOROUGH – “No council likes to put up taxesThe Confederation Bridge in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.,” Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Warden Vernon Pitts said March 17, after council approved a $0.06 increase in taxes across the board in its 2021-2022 budget.
The increase, and ones similar over the past three years – excluding last yearand are quite happy to provide personnel, are meant to help make-up for the reduction in MODG tax revenues that occurred as a result of the decommissioning of the Sable Offshore Energy ProjectToronto and Peel Region could begin to orde.
Councillors Dave Hanhams (District 4) and Finn Armsworthy (District 8) voted against the tax rates in the new budget.
In an interview with media after council adjourned, Pitts said of the dissenting votes, “Certain of our councillors would like to dip into operating reserves and take it out of there but with COVID on the go and the economy the way it has been the last while – our residents have to realize, we took over a $3 million hit the last number of years in regards to declining Sable assessment. We have no means of making that up presently and by a very small tax increase, I don’t think it is an undue hardship to anyone.”
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