Tax Rate and Budget Set
- Published: Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Village of Bible Hill Sets 2019-2020 Budget and Tax Rates
Bible Hill Village Commission passed a motion last evening to approve its 2019-2020 Operating and Capital Budget and set property taxation rates for the year.
Village property taxation rates will once again see no increase for 2019-2020, marking the third consecutive year of stable property taxation from Village of Bible Hill. The residential tax rate will remain at $0.70, limited-service residential tax rate at $0.525 and the commercial tax rate at $0.87 per $100 of assessment.
Said Lois MacCormick, Commission Chair: "Bible Hill Village Commission strives to deliver municipal services that residents desire and expect in their community. In doing so, governments must balance providing effective and efficient service delivery with the rising costs of nearly every commodity that goes into operations. We are pleased to be able to find that balance for the 2019-2020 year ahead, keeping tax rates unchanged while maintaining or improving delivery of community services for Bible Hill residents including popular student, senior and various other recreation programming, numerous parks and walking trails, sidewalks, crosswalks and guards, street lights, snow removal, storm-water and sewer systems, fire protection and prevention, and local flood control".
The Village's approved budget, which does not use debt, is set to invest a total of $3,571,250 in service delivery and capital infrastructure investments in Bible Hill over the coming year that ends March 31, 2020. Overall property assessment in Bible Hill is estimated to increase 3% to $282,804,000.
The budget's largest capital project is the construction of approximately 750 metres of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter and new water main on Pictou Road in the area of Main Street and Vimy Road. This project will build upon the existing municipal water system in Bible Hill by bringing municipal water service connections and fire hydrants to additional homes and businesses and at the same time, improve the quality and safety of the existing popular active transportation route in the area which stretches in front of Dalhousie University.
Additional significant projects include the improvement of accessibility within the Village Hall and Fire Hall facility through construction of an elevator to the second floor, improvements to pedestrian safety through upgrading existing and construction of new actuated crosswalk lighting at six crossing locations including Dalhousie Agricultural Campus and Jennifer Drive at Pictou Road, investments in fire station improvements and fire-fighting equipment, baseball field dugouts and playground equipment improvements at Bible Hill Recreation Park, and monument refacing at Holy Well Park, which was originally unveiled during Canada's centennial.
Further, the Village budget includes funding to initiate enhancement of a rejuvenated community identification through construction of Bible Hill gateway and location signage and the installation of pole-mounted seasonal banners, which will both utilize a refreshed branding representing Village of Bible Hill.
Looking forward to the year ahead, Bible Hill Village Commission is keen to lead the Village onward in progress.
VILLAGE OF BIBLE HILL
67 Pictou Road, Bible Hill, NS B2N 2R9