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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Brockton Council rejects budget.

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

A 1.9 percent property tax hike appears too large for some on council.

It’s back to the drawing board for Brockton's budget.

In a 4-3 decision Brockton Council has rejected its budget, no one was more surprised that Mayor David Inglis.

Inglis says at the last budget meeting Councillors seemed to be in favour of the draft budget.

Councillor Chris Peabody was among the four who voted against the budget Monday night.

Peabody says Councillors got cold feet when they looked at the 2.4 million dollars in new expenditures. 

Peabody says while much of that money is budgeted for very worthwhile projects such as roads and bridge repairs, he says some of that money has been slated for non essential projects that merit another look.

He cites the plan to hire a consultant to review non union wages to that of union staff as an example of a non essential expense.

The draft budget currently sits at 16.4 million dollars, a 2.4 million dollar increase over 2016.

Of that 16.4 million, 7.6 million would be raised through the levy which is a 5.9  percent increase to the levy.

This represents a 1.9% increase on the tax rate, which would work out to be a 31 dollar increase on the average home assessed at 221 thousand dollars.

Mayor David Inglis is disappointed the budget did not receive approval noting a lot of hard work, thought and time went into the draft.

Nevertheless, Inglis says staff and Council will go over the numbers again line by line at the next budget meeting scheduled for February 21st.

Mayor David Inglis, Councillors Dean Leifso and Bill Bell voted in favour of the budget, while Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak and Councillors Chris Peabody, Chris Oberle and Steve Adams opposed it.


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