Here’s a quote from the article in a recent Advertiser by single W….
According to MacLean, an increase of $17 million in assessment was a boon to the town budgeting process this year. [emph ours]
Why? Why should this affect expenses at all? WE HAVE SAID IT BEFORE AND WILL SAY IT AGAIN – rising ( or decreasing) assessments should have no effect on whether it costs more (or less) for the administration to manage town affairs via the budget.
We are disappointed in MacLean – we thought he might turn out to be above this sort of deception. Or was he was misquoted?
But the town keeps the rate the same ( to snow taxpayers into thinking taxes aren’t rising) and reap the windfall. But tax rates are not taxes any more than assessment is revenue.
Residents ( and Councillors) should be alert to this trick and ask Councillors (and staff) to justify every dollar increase in the cost of running the town.
Acadia might be trying to instill critical thinking but it is noticeably absent in the thinking of our councillors and – it seems- most voters.