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Municipality of Cumberland approves 2021/22 operating budget

Municipal Council approved a $31 million operating budget for 2021/2022 at a special council meeting May 27, 2021. The operating budget is an overall increase of 4.1% over last year and is in addition to a $6.7 million capital budget. There are no increases to the general tax rate for 2021/2022.

“Council and I are proud to have a budget that upholds services our residents depend on, while maintaining the general tax rate,” said Mayor Murray Scott. “The capital budget focuses on critical infrastructure, our operating budget enhances the lives of our residents and keeps businesses viable.”

This budget, the second approved during a global pandemic illustrates a balance of fiscal responsibility and providing programs and services at pre-pandemic levels.

Highlighted services and programs in the budget include:
• trial of a weekly compost pick-up for all residents during the summer months
• the return of summer programming for youth
• the second year of a no-fee ice program for youth programs at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre
• one level low-income tax exemption, for ease of application and greater support

For the 2021/2022 fiscal year, residential taxes will be:
• General Property Tax Rate of $1.19 per $100 of assessment.
• Springhill service area pay an additional $0.86 per $100 of assessment. The all-inclusive residential rate for the Springhill service area is $2.05 per $100 of assessment.
• Parrsboro service area pay an additional $0.48 per $100 of assessment. The all-inclusive residential rate for the Parrsboro service area is $1.67 per $100 of assessment.

For the 2021/2022 fiscal year, commercial taxes will be:
• Commercial General Property Tax Rate of $2.78 per $100 of assessment
• Springhill service area pay an additional $2.18 per $100 of assessment. The all-inclusive commercial rate for the Springhill service area is $4.96 per $100 of assessment.
• Parrsboro service area pay an additional $1.19 per $100 of assessment. The all-inclusive commercial rate for the Parrsboro service area is $3.97 per $100 of assessment.

 A full copy of the 2021/22 operating budget can be found here.

Staff will now work on preparing tax bills to be sent out. The due date for the 2021/22 tax levy will be July 16, 2021.