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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Tax payers in Charlottetown can pay a median of $35 extra this 12 months on their water and sewer payments as charges improve by 5 per cent.
Charlottetown metropolis council tabled its 2023-2024 operational finances this week, rising utility charges however leaving municipal taxes unchanged.
Coun. John McAleer, chair of the finance, audit, tendering and administration committee, introduced the 2023 operational finances at a particular assembly of council on March 31.
“Early in 2023, the town carried out a pre-budget session course of, and as we ready each the capital and working budgets, we reviewed and integrated lots of the themes and strategies.”
The operational finances consists of a number of new workers hires in a number of departments.
Charlottetown Police Providers will rent two new officers and change one who retired, whereas the planning division is hiring a bylaw officer who will, partly, deal with brief time period rental regulation enforcement.
Together with these hires, $12.4 million is budgeted for CPS. Charlottetown Hearth Division will obtain $5.2 million.
Whole metropolis spending this 12 months is budgeted at $77,530,696, with income of $71,200,659. Since P.E.I. municipalities can not have a deficit, a surplus from final 12 months will make up the steadiness.
With 30,000,000 in new debt, the town’s long-term debt will attain $81,639,732, and $6,616,056 will go to servicing the debt in 2023-2024.
Town additionally plans to rent two full time arborists to assist handle the town’s timber and cover, together with two park upkeep workers. Accordingly, the finances for parks and recreation is rising by $500,000.
“The parks and recreation finances has been elevated to acknowledge the huge restoration efforts that might be required through the years to deliver our parks again to the place they had been pre-Fiona,” McAleer mentioned in his opening speech.
McAleer’s speech additionally famous the town commissioned two inner opinions in the summertime of 2022.
“One of many points recognized by the KPMG report was that the Metropolis of Charlottetown is missing within the requisite staffing ranges to make sure our core enterprise is finished in an environment friendly and well timed method.”
To fulfill these wants, Charlottetown is changing 13 current positions to full time and hiring 9 new employees.
McAleer didn’t have stable timelines on these new hires, as hiring is a human assets concern, he mentioned in an interview after the vote.
One of many points recognized by the KPMG report was that the Metropolis of Charlottetown is missing within the requisite staffing ranges to make sure our core enterprise is finished in an environment friendly and well timed method.”
Coun. John McAleer
The finances is a little more sophisticated for group organizations. Anybody making use of for a grant for the primary time should wait at the least a few months.
With a excessive variety of new requests — and multi-million greenback asks from the Confederation Centre and Charlottetown Library Studying Centre — council is reviewing the grants bylaw.
Till that is completed, current grants will proceed, however nothing new might be authorized.
Betty French, supervisor of finance for the town, instructed SaltWire Community on March 31 the aim is to complete this bylaw replace by the top of Might 2023.
Following is a number of the info within the 2023-24 Charlottetown operational finances:
• Water and sewer charges will improve 5 per cent, that means a rise of about $35 per buyer on an annual foundation.
• Two full-time arborists might be employed underneath a brand new tree replanting program.
• Metropolis will convert 13 current positions to full-time positions. Metropolis can be creating 9 new positions.
• Greater than $846,000 might be spent in wage for the hearth division which incorporates two district chiefs, two district deputy chiefs, seven captains, 9 lieutenants, 4 security officers, 90 firefighters and a fireplace prevention assistant.
• Greater than $10.6 million might be spent on wage for Charlottetown Police Providers.
• Inmate meals on the Provincial Correctional Centre will price $22,600. This expenditure solely offers with lockup conditions and never sentenced prisoners.
• Greater than $122,000 for P.E.I. Humane Society to deal with canine management criticism points and different prices associated to calls and unclaimed animals.
• New grant requests placed on maintain pending a evaluation of the grant process. This impacts requests by the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown Library Studying Centre, Tremploy Inc. and Port Charlottetown. Town has put aside $500,000 for brand spanking new grants it expects to be in place by the top of Might.
• Spending up 12.5 per cent because of components that embody hiring of recent workers, a brand new bylaw enforcement officer to implement short-term rental bylaw, inflation, hiring two extra cops, extra transit providers and 5 new buses and renewing Official Plan.
• Metropolis’s debt is at present at $81 million.
• Forecasted surplus is $30,000.
• The biggest grant is for Sport P.E.I. for $60,000. Agreements are additionally in place to present $1.1 million to Bell Aliant Centre, $1 million to Eastlink Centre and $295,000 to Charlottetown Airport.
Logan MacLean is a municipal reporter with SaltWire Community
Dave Stewart is a reporter with SaltWire Community. He will be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @DveStewart