Windsor residents will be treated to a tax rate decrease this year.
The recommended rate change, to be ratified at Windsor council’s regular monthly meeting April 29, was discussed when the Town of Windsor set its draft budget during committee of the whole meetings held April 15 and 16.
The residential rate is dropping six cents, from $1.96 per $100 of assessment to $1.90. The commercial rate will be reduced by nine cents, from $4.08 to $3.99.
Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley links the tax decrease to “sustainable cost savings” achieved in recent years.
“It was time,” he said in a phone interview.
“We’ve heard from the citizens that taxes are too high so we worked as hard as we could to pass any savings back to the taxpayer this year.”
A press release the Town of Windsor issued to announce the impending rate reductions says the tax cuts are the result of: new service sharing agreements with West Hants and Wolfville, changes to policing services, anticipated Kings Transit savings, general trimming and a reduction in grants issued to external organizations.
The Town of Windsor worked with the local RCMP for two years to find cost savings in their policing contract, Beazley said.
He says the Town of Windsor struck a mutually beneficial cost sharing agreement with West Hants for water treatment management personnel, and found additional savings by agreeing to share planning services with the Town of Wolfville.
Beazley says he feels additional cost sharing agreements could be found in…