On Monday December 10, 2018, Corner Brook City Council approved the 2019 Municipal Budget.
Revenues and expenditures for the 2019 budget are balanced at $35,747,900. This represents an increase of just $693,800 or 1.98% over our 2018 budget (less than inflation). Council has reduced growth in spending while meeting the City’s expanding service levels.
Increased City Costs:
Increased costs associated with Garbage Collection account for $261,700 or 38% of this budget increase.
- There will be no change in commercial property taxes or business taxes. As requested by the board of the Downtown Business Association, the 10% levy on business tax for business in the downtown business improvement area will not be charged in 2019.
- Residential property taxes increase by 4.33%. This is based on an average assessed value decrease of 3.83% and a mil rate increase to 8.25 (from 7.5).
- Single family homes will see an average annual increase of $74, properties with 2 units will see an $80 increase, while properties with 3-10 units will see an average $492 increase.
- Water-There will be no change unit charges or wastewater levies.
- Phasing out of the poll tax–in 2019, the income exemption limit will increase by $10,000 to $32,500.
- The City-sponsored working group consisting mostly of tourism operators has begun work on a tourism strategy for the Bay of Islands and Lower Humber Valley region.
- The City is strengthening its commitment to develop our tourism sector by creating a new Tourism Officer position.
- The City has commenced engineering work on the new Jubilee Field clubhouse and has made the project the #1 priority for its capital funding request for 2018.
- Conceptual design work and costing will commence on a new Regional Aquatics facility – Grenfell Campus.
Public Works Improvements:
- The City will be leasing two additional loaders and purchasing one new “Bobcat” skid-steer loader to assist with street and sidewalk snow clearing operations.
- We will be conducting more winter asphalt repairs with recently acquired asphalt reclaimer and hotbox.
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