2018-19 Operating Budget Press Release

Shelburne, NS – The Shelburne Town Council approved an operating budget totaling $5.03 million on April
4th, 2018. The approved residential tax rate of $2.04 per $100 of assessment and approved commercial
tax rate of $3.86 per $100 of assessment remain unchanged. Sewer charges are increasing from $219 to
$240 per unit to finance upgrades to the treatment plant taking place this year. Solid waste charges are
also increasing – based on actual costs – to $251.68 per unit. To reduce the impact of these service charge
increases Council has also approved an increase in the low-income tax exemption program which will now
provide graduated tax relief ranging from $152.93 to $611.73 to qualifying tax payers with household
incomes under $34,464.

In setting the operating budget the Town Council has to confront numerous financial pressures and
balance competing priorities while remaining conscious of residents’ ability to pay. The 2018-19 operating
budget continues the implementation of the Shelburne Town Council Strategic Plan 2017-21 with key
investments including:

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Dylan Heide, CAO
875-2991 Ext. 5
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2018 19 Operating Budget

  • A continued focus on service delivery and asset management; 2018 will see the establishment
    of a new Asset Management Advisory Committee with Council, staff and public members.
  •  Significant investments in economic development and tourism, implementing Council’s
    Economic Development Strategic Action Plan, Tourism Strategic Action Plan 2017, and Events
    Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
  • Continued investment in trails, parks, playgrounds and other recreational properties.
  • Additional art projects supported by the Town’s public art fund (overseen by the Town’s
    Community Participation & Volunteerism Committee) and a continuing commitment to the
    Guild Hall Summer Arts series of free public performances throughout the summer season.
  • Continued support for public housing and day care services for Town residents.
  • A new façade program for the downtown, supported by the Town’s new Commercial
    Development Support Program which provides tax rebates to businesses renovating or
    developing eligible commercial properties.
  • Up to $45,000 as needed to support the Shelburne County Arena Association with the purchase
    of a new Zamboni; to be matched by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne.
  • A new resident attraction campaign, complementing existing marketing initiatives with efforts
    targeting potential new residents and entrepreneurs.
  • Continuing to build capital reserves necessary for long-term asset management; minimum
    annual capital reserve transfers remain at 50% of amortization.