Brighton’s proposed 2021 budget, about $9.8 million of which will be funded by tax revenue, will be presented to the community during a Feb. 1 meeting.
During a recent Zoom meeting, Brighton’s committee of the whole recommended council approve the 2021 budget, which was slightly amended during the meeting.
The proposed total budget for the municipality for 2021 is $35,017,626.
Taxpayers in Brighton pay three levies on their property taxes – a municipal levy, a county levy and an education levy. The blended tax rate would be 1.69 per cent if Brighton’s budget passes.
Five of seven councillors supported the proposed budget, with councillors Mary Tadman and Doug LeBlanc objecting to an overall tax increase and the cost of Telephone Road work respectively.
Coun. Emily Rowley said “it’s a pretty good budget based on the struggles we’ve had to balance it well.” She said she hoped staff members were OK with the cuts made in terms of their ability to provide the services they do for the municipality.
To that end, Ostrander said, “I think we’ve come in with an incredibly tight budget.
“I do hope we aren’t going to see a service delivery problem at all and I trust that if we were, staff would have brought that to our attention early on in this budget when we asked that question,” he noted.
“I’m equally cognizant of the fact that people are struggling, and I understand that 2.31 per cent is not easy for some people and yet we have a responsibility to ensure that the corporation of the Municipality of Brighton carries on as well.”
In advance of the 2021 budget process, council set a pre-budget increase of zero per cent on operating budgets and an increase of the Construction Price Index (CPI) up to two per cent, plus one per cent on capital budgets.
Residents who wish to address council about the budget must register with the municipal clerk in advance by e-mailing Candice Doiron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News