Council takes first look at Brighton’s potential 2021 operating budget

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Brighton council has taken its first look at the proposed 2021 operating budget for the municipality.

​A committee of council met Nov. 23 for round one of discussions about the first draft of the budget, which puts operating expenditures at $14,679,201.

​The proposed operating budget at this point is $290 lower than the 2020 operating budget.

​Earlier in the fall, council asked staff to attempt freezing the operating budget for 2021.

​Meanwhile, Brighton recently arrived at a proposed capital budget for 2021. If passed by council, the municipality’s 2021 budget for capital expenditures, such as maintaining roads and buildings, is $1,492,856. ​

​A public presentation of the proposed overall 2021 budget will occur in the new year prior to the budget bylaw being before council.

​Taxpayers in Brighton pay three levies on their property taxes – a municipal levy, a county levy and an education levy.

​During the budget process each year, staff provides council with the estimated increase/decrease to the county and education tax levies so that taxpayers can better understand the impact of the total tax increase, not just the municipal levy.

​Those figures aren’t available yet and the committee of the whole won’t meet again until the new year to further discuss the operating aspects of the overall Brighton budget.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News