The Town of Digby has approved an operating budget that leaves the residential tax rate “basically” unchanged, although a fire protection rate that used to be part of the general tax rate is now a separate one.
For this year, the town’s residential-and-resource tax rate is $1.86 per $100 of assessment. Combined with a fire rate of 13 cents, the total comes to $1.99, which is what the town’s general residential rate was a year ago.
“So basically, there’s no change in the residential rate,” said Tom Ossinger, the Town of Digby’s chief administrative officer.
The town’s commercial tax rate went up by four cents, from $4.24 last year to $4.28 this year, and this includes the 13-cent fire rate.
The Town of Digby’s operating budget for 2019-2020 totals $4,308,562.
“We put forward a balanced budget,” Ossinger said.
The town was impacted by the sale of the Digby Pines, Ossinger said.
“We had challenges to overcome and basically we cut where we needed to cut and (came) out with a balanced budget,” he said. “Our aim always is not to increase taxes unless we’ve looked at every other possibility.”
Other rates include a solid waste fee of $268 a year per dwelling unit, which is unchanged from last year.
The town’s wastewater rate has dropped from $6.66 per thousand gallons of water consumption to $6.29.
Next for Digby town council is the capital budget, which will be on the agenda for council’s meeting of Tuesday, July 2. (Town council normally meets the first Monday of each month, but because Monday, July 1, is a holiday, council will meet the next day.)
Meanwhile, the Municipality of Digby was scheduled to approve its budget June 24, with no increases in the municipality’s residential or commercial tax rates.