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Municipality of Clare commits 7 per cent of total tax dollars to public health services

The Municipality of Clare recently announced a balanced operating budget of $9,417,735 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
The Municipality of Clare recently announced a balanced operating budget of $9,417,735 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. - Contributed

Clare municipality has balanced operating budget for 2019/2020

LITTLE BROOK, N.S. —

The Clare Health Centre and the Municipality of Clare’s doctor recruitment strategy are two key elements in the municipality’s 2019/2020 budget.

This year, $634,493 (or 7 per cent of total tax dollars) will go towards the municipality’s commitment to public health services in the area.

The municipality recently announced a balanced operating budget of $9,417,735 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

There is no increase to the residential tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessment or the commercial tax rate of $2.07 per $100 of assessment.

Protective services such as the Security for Seniors program—a service that is highly valued in the community – as well as law enforcement, fire protection and building inspection services are slated to receive a total of $2,413,653 (or 26 per cent of total tax dollars).

Following a consultation process with the municipality’s fire departments, this fiscal year also marks the start of a municipal strategy to replace aging fire trucks in Clare.

In all, $350,000 (or 4 per cent of total tax dollars) will go toward the purchase of a fire truck this year.

Ten local projects have been granted funding by the municipality through its Grants to Organizations program.

Each year, the program awards a total of $40,000 in financial assistance to individuals, organizations and groups in Clare that contribute to the community’s recreational, cultural and tourism sectors.

The municipality will also help fund several local projects aimed at preserving the heritage of the region and to promote community development. In addition, the municipality will continue to support such signature events as Festival acadien de Clare and Gran Fondo Sainte-Marie. In all, $1,147,244 (or 12 per cent of total tax dollars) will go towards community development.

Finally, the municipality maintains its commitment to offering its services in English and in French to the community. All council meetings are held in French and simultaneously translated in English, information is communicated in both official languages and municipal employees serve residents and visitors in English and in French.

Property owners in Clare should expect to receive their tax bills in the mail in the upcoming days. Municipal taxes are due June 30, 2019.

About the Municipality of Clare:

Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

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