MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE ANNOUNCES BALANCED OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2019-2020
The Municipality of Clare has announced a balanced operating budget of $9,417,735 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Once again, there is no increase to the residential tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessment or the commercial tax rate of $2.07 per $100 of assessment. The Municipality continues to invest in the community’s health, safety and heritage, as this year’s budget indicates.
The Clare Health Centre and the Municipality’s doctor recruitment strategy are two key essential public health services that continue to receive financial support from the Municipality of Clare. This year, $634,493 (or 7% of total tax dollars) will go towards the Municipality’s commitment to public health services in Clare.
The Municipality of Clare will contribute once more towards such protective services as the Security for Seniors program—a service that is highly valued in the community, as well as law enforcement, fire protection and building inspection services. A total of $2,413,653 (or 26% of total tax dollars) is slated for protective services in Clare.
Following a consultation process with the Municipality’s fire departments, this fiscal year also marks the start of a municipal strategy to replace aging fire trucks in Clare. In all, $350,000 (or 4% of total tax dollars) will go toward the purchase of a fire truck this year.
Ten local projects have been granted funding by the Municipality of Clare through its Grants to Organizations program. Each year, the program awards a total of $40,000 in financial assistance to individuals, organizations and groups in Clare that contribute to the community’s recreational, cultural and tourism sectors.
The Municipality will also help fund several local projects aimed to preserve the heritage of the region and to promote community development. Furthermore, the Municipality will continue to support such signature events as Festival acadien de Clare and Gran Fondo Sainte-Marie. In all, $1,147,244 (or 12% of total tax dollars) will go towards community development.
Finally, the Municipality maintains its commitment to offering its services in English and in French to the community. All Council meetings are held in French and simultaneously translated in English, information is communicated in both official languages and municipal employees are happy to serve residents and visitors in English and in French.
Property owners in Clare should expect to receive their tax bills in the mail in the upcoming days. Municipal taxes are due June 30, 2019.
Click here for a detailed overview of the 2019-2020 budget.
Click here for an overview of how your tax dollars are spent in Clare.
Click here to view the Volunteer Fire Service Vehicle Assessment.
Click here for Grants to Organizations recipients for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
To explain the proposed increase to the Municipality of Clare’s area rate for fire protection in the 2019-20 fiscal year, there will be a Public Information Session regarding the Municipality’s adoption of the Volunteer Fire Service Vehicle Assessment on Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at the Clare Veterans Centre (9938 Highway 1, Saulnierville, NS). Representatives from the consultancy firm Emergency Management & Training Inc., Clare’s volunteer fire departments and the Municipality of Clare will be on hand to present the assessment and to talk about its impacts on rate payers within the Municipality.
Great news! Meteghan Family Park is expected to reopen on Monday, April 22! If you wish add your name to the Meteghan Family Park volunteer bank, please contact the municipal office at (902) 769-2301 or at . Dr. Harold Boudreau wishes to thank the community for your support and your patience throughout the process.
SAFETY NOTICE – Demolition of Buildings and Structures Located at 7578 Highway 1, Meteghan, NS
To ensure the safety of the residents of the community, the Municipality of Clare will proceed with the removal of any aging and precarious buildings from the site of the Clare ecoparc as of Wednesday, April 10. In addition to security reasons, a refurbished property will add value to the land and to the surrounding vicinity and will help attract new business activity to the site.
THE PUBLIC IS ASKED TO REMAIN AT A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE SITE.
On this International Day of La Francophonie, the Council of the Municipality of Clare wishes to commemorate an important anniversary for all of Canada and for the residents of Clare. The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act. This law identifies French and English as Canada’s official languages. As the only municipality in Nova Scotia that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, we recognize the importance of communicating with our Acadian and francophone residents—as well as our anglophone residents—in their first language today and for many years to come.