THE CLARE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL will grant a $300.00 exemption on property taxes to persons whose TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME(S) for the preceding year was less than nineteen thousand ($19,000.00).
YOU MUST RESIDE IN YOUR OWN HOME
In order to receive the exemption for 2019 you will have to fill in a form which you may obtain from your Councillor or from the Municipal Office at 1185 Highway 1, Little Brook. If you qualify, the form must be returned to the Municipal Office by no later than FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019.
WE REQUIRE A COPY OF YOUR 2018 INCOME TAX NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT.
(Applications will not be considered without copies of all household income tax notices of assessment.)
MAKING A FALSE DECLARATION IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.
MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE ANNOUNCES BALANCED OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2019-2020
The Municipality of Clare has announced a balanced operating budget of $9,417,735 for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Once again, there is no increase to the residential tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessment or the commercial tax rate of $2.07 per $100 of assessment. The Municipality continues to invest in the community’s health, safety and heritage, as this year’s budget indicates.
The Clare Health Centre and the Municipality’s doctor recruitment strategy are two key essential public health services that continue to receive financial support from the Municipality of Clare. This year, $634,493 (or 7% of total tax dollars) will go towards the Municipality’s commitment to public health services in Clare.
The Municipality of Clare will contribute once more towards such protective services as the Security for Seniors program—a service that is highly valued in the community, as well as law enforcement, fire protection and building inspection services. A total of $2,413,653 (or 26% of total tax dollars) is slated for protective services in Clare.
Following a consultation process with the Municipality’s fire departments, this fiscal year also marks the start of a municipal strategy to replace aging fire trucks in Clare. In all, $350,000 (or 4% of total tax dollars) will go toward the purchase of a fire truck this year.
Ten local projects have been granted funding by the Municipality of Clare through its Grants to Organizations program. Each year, the program awards a total of $40,000 in financial assistance to individuals, organizations and groups in Clare that contribute to the community’s recreational, cultural and tourism sectors.
The Municipality will also help fund several local projects aimed to preserve the heritage of the region and to promote community development. Furthermore, the Municipality will continue to support such signature events as Festival acadien de Clare and Gran Fondo Sainte-Marie. In all, $1,147,244 (or 12% of total tax dollars) will go towards community development.
Finally, the Municipality maintains its commitment to offering its services in English and in French to the community. All Council meetings are held in French and simultaneously translated in English, information is communicated in both official languages and municipal employees are happy to serve residents and visitors in English and in French.
Property owners in Clare should expect to receive their tax bills in the mail in the upcoming days. Municipal taxes are due June 30, 2019.
Click here for a detailed overview of the 2019-2020 budget.
Click here for an overview of how your tax dollars are spent in Clare.
Click here to view the Volunteer Fire Service Vehicle Assessment.
Click here for Grants to Organizations recipients for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
To explain the proposed increase to the Municipality of Clare’s area rate for fire protection in the 2019-20 fiscal year, there will be a Public Information Session regarding the Municipality’s adoption of the Volunteer Fire Service Vehicle Assessment on Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. at the Clare Veterans Centre (9938 Highway 1, Saulnierville, NS). Representatives from the consultancy firm Emergency Management & Training Inc., Clare’s volunteer fire departments and the Municipality of Clare will be on hand to present the assessment and to talk about its impacts on rate payers within the Municipality.