How can any of us keep a straight face and not smirk when we read (or hear) statements like these?
Wolfville’s Town Council approved an operating budget totalling $7.29 million and a capital budget of $1.73 million at Monday evening’s Special Council Meeting. The approved residential tax rate of $1.43 per $100 of assessment value increases property taxes of residential capped properties by 2.1%.
The increase in the Commercial Tax rate of eight cents establishes the commercial tax rate at $3.57 and offsets the further loss of Business Occupancy Assessment. The Commercial Tax burden, other than the transfer due to Business Occupancy Tax, has not increased. [Tell this to the firms which are paying more… and why did the Province take off the BoT in the first place? To help small business – riiiight.]
Council was pleased to maintain contributions to local community groups and organizations for the important work that they do. Council has also maintained outstanding commitments to Valley Health Hospital & Hospice Foundation, the Wolfville School Playground, and the Wolfville Historical Society.
The approval also signifies the completion of a revised budget process which was approved by Council last year and included direct input from Council, Town management and the public. [What public?] Mayor Robert Stead commented that both the process and the resulting budget “showed how fiscal responsibility and transparency can produce great results even in these difficult times”.[emph ours]
Ho ho ho ho ha ha ha ha. This is just laughable for those in the know. The rest don’t know.