TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES 2019/2020 BUDGET

Town of Berwick residents will see accumulated tax rates remain stable after the passage of a $5.02 million municipal budget on June 11, 2019. The approved budget maintains existing service levels within town departments, while providing additional funding for road maintenance and various capital projects.

Due to changes in assessments, the percentage increase in taxation will vary from property to property. The legislated CAP increase on residential property assessments for the 2019/2020 taxation year is 4.2%.

Tax rates for 2019/2020 are:

Rate
2019/2020
Residential & Resource: 1.189
Education: 0.336
Total Residential & Resource Tax Rate: 1.525
Commercial: 3.481
Education: 0.336
Total Commercial Tax Rate: 3.817

Rate
2018/2019
Residential & Resource: 1.189
Education: 0.336
Total Residential & Resource Tax Rate: 1.525
Commercial: 3.481
Education: 0.336
Total Commercial Tax Rate: 3.817

2019/2020 CAPITAL BUDGET

Council also approved the $5,439,200 capital budget. Project highlights include:

  • $310.000 towards improvements at Rainforth Park, including the construction of a splashpad and replacement existing washrooms and facilities
  • $320,000 for upgrades to the town's wastewater system, including aeration equipment replacement and other building upgrades
  • $20,000 towards storm water improvements along Main Street
  • $4,720,000 towards the construction of a windfarm in Ellershouse
  • Funds toward a new bus shelter, fire protection equipment and Connell Park ballfield improvements

SEWER RATE

Sewer charges have not increased from last year and remain at the 2017/2018 approved amounts.

A copy of the approved budgets can be downloaded here: Town of Berwick - Approved 2019/2020 Operating & Capital Budget

Questions or queries regarding the approved budget can be submitted to the Finance Department:
Director of Finance
(902) 538 8068 ext 4014

Previous Operating & Capital Budget documents can be found in Municipal Documents under "Finance".