Kings County council defers operating budget approval for further deliberations


Published on April 18, 2017

Kings County council voted on April 18 to defer approving the proposed operating budget.

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KENTVILLE, NS - Taxpayers in the County of Kings will have to wait a little longer to find out what their tax rates will be for the coming year.

Kings County council had a special meeting on April 18 to approve the operating and capital budgets for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Council approved the capital budget totalling $4,292,000 but not the proposed operating budget.

Some councillors expressed concerns that they hadn’t had enough time to thoroughly review several grant requests and other aspects of the operating budget.

Coun. Jim Winsor made a motion to defer approval until council’s committee of the whole has completed its deliberations with the date of the meeting to be determined. The motion carried.

Winsor said a committee of the whole session for budget deliberations was held April 13 but the afternoon was used discussing components of the capital budget. Discussions during time set aside prior to the special meeting on April 18 “touched one of several issues.”

More on the story to come tomorrow at www.kingscountynews.ca, including comments from Mayor Peter Muttart.

Kings County council has approved…

-       The capital budget totalling $4,292,000 together with the project justification sheets amended to $3,892,000by changes to the sewer collection line replacement program.

-       A motion adjusting the proposed capital budget to fund the Waterville sewer line project using $300,000 from Sewer Capital Reserves; deferring the Hants Border sewer line project to 2018-2019 and setting aside $580,000 in the Gas Tax Reserve for future disposition by council.

-       The municipality’s five-year capital plan.

-       A temporary borrowing resolution in the amount of $550,000.

-       A motion for the mayor to draft a letter to municipal partners requesting compliance with Public Sector Accounting Standards 3255.