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Halifax Regional Council approves budget with $833M total municipal expenditures

Regional Council approved $833-million in total municipal expenditures, provincial mandatory contributions of $173.8-million and a capital plan of $177.9-million as part of the 2021/22 municipal budget. Alexa MacLean/Global Halifax

Halifax Regional Council has approved a municipal budget that will see $833 million in total expenditures.

The 2021/22 budget also includes $173.8 million in provincial contributions and a capital plan of $177.9 million.

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Debt is expected to be “as low as $241.2 million.”

The personal tax rate is slightly lower, however, there is a one per cent change in the average tax bill due to the increased average assessment of a single family home. That change equates to about $21 for the average residential bill.

“Our new Regional Council has worked well and collaboratively to deliver as much budget certainty as uncertain times allow,” said Mayor Mike Savage in a news release. 

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“Our goal was to strike an appropriate balance between responsibly managing tax rates and recognizing the need to invest in the programs, services and projects that are good for the economy and social development while creating communities where people increasingly choose to live.”

Key programs and capital projects include $900,000 for electric bus procurement, $3.3 million for active transportation projects, $1.3 million for implementation of the urban forestry plan, $3 million for road safety improvement and street calming, as well as $9 million for park recapitalization.

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Due to incorrect information provided by HRM, a previous version of this article stated the personal tax rate was increasing by one per cent.

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