Summary of Special Town Council Meeting of December 14, 2022 (Budget)
This meeting is devoted exclusively to the adoption of the 2023 Town Budget and the 2023-2024-2025 Three-Year Capital Program (TCP). During a special meeting, questions from citizens can only be asked on the subjects on the agenda.
The Mayor and the Director General successively presented the 2023 budget and the Three-Year Investment Program (TIP) 2023-2024-2025.
- 2023 Budget Adoption:
A vote was called for the adoption of the 2023 budget: the board voted (5 in favor, 2 opposed) to adopt it. Those members who wished to do so spoke on the reasons for their vote. The budget was therefore adopted by a majority
- Adoption of the 2023-2024-2025 Three-Year Program of Capital Expenditures (PTI):
A vote was called for the adoption of the 2023-2024-2025 Three-Year Program of Capital Expenditures (PTI): the Board voted (5 in favor, 2 opposed) to adopt it. Members who wished to do so spoke on the reasons for their vote. The 2023-2024-2025 Three-Year Program of Capital Expenditures (PTI): was therefore adopted by a majority vote.
A press release, regarding the adoption of the 2023 budget and the 2023-2024-2025 PTI, was issued the day after the Town Council meeting:
Read the press release of December 15, 2022:“Municipal Budget 2023: Adoption of a realistic and responsible budget”
This is a summary of the questions and answers. For the full content of the discussion during the question-and-answer sessions, please listen to the session online on YouTube. Additional [information] may be added for clarification or new information.
- What is meant by “CCCJS Access Trail”? [page 35] ANSWER: This is to add universal access to the bocce court at the John Sleeth Community and Cultural Centre.
- What is our average tax increase? ANSWER: The average tax increase is 13.2% (11.9% in the village area, 14.7% in the mountain area, 13.1% for unserviced properties).
- Was the previous board’s operating budget around 10 million? ANSWER: It was $12 million. Also, consider the dollar value: the original amount must be indexed to inflation to be comparable.
- What is the final unallocated surplus? ANSWER: It is currently $2.5 million, and we plan to use $750,000.
- What do we do if we have a major damage, and we exceed our allocated surplus? ANSWER: Although our reserve should indeed be increased, the department does assist municipalities in times of hardship, which usually occur during a storm, for example.
- Wouldn’t it have been good to increase [taxes] by 1-2% to increase the reserve? ANSWER: We took into consideration people’s ability to pay.
- Why is there nothing budgeted for the IHR bond? ANSWER: It remains only a risk. It is not in the budget as it is not a payout this year. However, a note has been added to the financial statements.
- Is Western Street North really going to be redone this year? ANSWER: Yes, especially since we would lose the grant if we don’t do it by December 31, 2023.
- Has a budget been set aside for the continuation of Dream Sutton, for the entire file? ANSWER: The file has been divided: the development of the Filtex field is planned for 2023, the development of a public square in 2024 and the renovation of the museum afterwards. And an envelope of $30,000 has been set aside in the executive director’s office for project analysis.
Next council meeting: Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 7:30 pm.