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MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE ANNOUNCES BALANCED OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2020-2021

Little Brook, NS – April 29, 2020: In a year that will see the rolling out of a much-anticipated rural Internet project, the Municipality of Clare has announced a balanced operating budget of $9,570,630 for 2020-2021. 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.

This year, the Municipality, along with Mainland Telecom and the Province of Nova Scotia, will launch a $9.95-million high-speed Internet project, up to $2.45 million of which will be paid for by the Municipality with monies from the Federal Gas Tax Fund. In addition to this initiative, the Municipality will continue to invest in the community’s safety, health and heritage, as this year’s budget indicates.

The Municipality of Clare will contribute once more towards such protective services as the Security for Seniors program, as well as law enforcement, fire protection, Clare Emergency Management Organization (EMO), Clare Search and Rescue and building inspection services. This also marks the second year of a municipal strategy to replace aging fire trucks in Clare. A total of $2,429,605 (or 25% of total tax dollars) is slated for protective services in Clare.

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, $661,505 (or 7% of total tax dollars) will go towards the Municipality’s commitment to public health services in Clare.

The Municipality will also help fund several local projects aimed to preserve the heritage of the region and to promote community development through its Grants to Organizations program. Furthermore, pending the effects of the COVID-19 virus, the Municipality will continue to support such signature events as Festival acadien de Clare and Gran Fondo Sainte-Marie. The Congrès mondial acadien Organizing Committee will also receive funding from the Municipality as it begins to plan for the major cultural event in 2024. In all, $1,216,773 (or 13% of total tax dollars) will go towards community development.

Once more, the Municipality is committed to contributing to the quality of services to the community. It will help finance the Transport de Clare public transportation service. It will also continue offering its municipal services in English and in French to residents, businesses and visitors.

Property owners in Clare should expect to receive their tax bills in the mail in the upcoming days. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality is pushing back its typical June 30 municipal tax deadline to July 31, 2020. Until September 30, 2020, the Municipality is also waiving interest fees on overdue payments for the 2020-2021 tax year.

Residents and business owners are asked pay their taxes by mailing a cheque, through most online financial institutions, by e-Transfer or by Visa or MasterCard (please note that a 1.75% service fee will be applied). For more information, please call the municipal office at (902) 769-2031.

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Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

Click here for a detailed overview of the 2020-2021 budget.
Click here for an overview of how your tax dollars are spent in Clare.
Click here for Grants to Organizations recipients for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Media Contact / Interviews:

Stéphane Cyr
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Clare
902-769-2031


Ronnie LeBlanc
Warden
Municipality of Clare
902-769-2031

Press Release
(For immediate release)

MUNICIPALITY OF CLARE UNVEILS COVID-19 TAX RELIEF FOR PROPERTY OWNERS

Little Brook, NS – April 21, 2020: Council for the Municipality of Clare has voted to offer tax relief to property owners in Clare for the 2020-2021 tax year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Municipality is pushing back its typical June 30 municipal tax deadline to July 31, 2020. In addition, until September 30, 2020, the Municipality is waiving interest fees on overdue payments for the 2020-2021 tax year.
“We talk to property owners in Clare every day about what they need during these difficult times,” stated Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden for the Municipality of Clare. “Many are concerned about the future, job security and their ability to pay their property tax. Municipal Council is committed to helping our residents and business owners.”

Property taxes are vitally important for the operation of the Municipality of Clare and its services, such as public health services, protective services and waste collection. To help support those who are most in need of financial assistance, the Municipality encourages all residents and business owners who can pay their property taxes on time and on a regular schedule to continue doing so.

The Municipality of Clare is dedicated to providing options for property owners. Those who are struggling to pay their property taxes are asked to contact the Municipal Office at (902) 769-2031 to arrange a payment plan.

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Settled in 1768 and incorporated in 1879, the Municipality of Clare is located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia with approximately 8,000 residents. The Municipality of Clare is the only municipality in the province that conducts business and offers services in both official languages, French and English.

Media Contact / Interviews:
Ronnie LeBlanc
Warden
Municipality of Clare
Cell: 902-769-8006

Stéphane Cyr
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Clare
902-769-2031

People living in Clare, as with folks from communities around the world, have experienced a sudden shift in their everyday life with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus. Families are confined to their homes, workers and businesses are suffering losses due to slowdowns and restrictions and frontline workers risk their own health every day to help our community in these precarious times.

With adversity comes heroes. The Municipality of Clare is celebrating the positive contributions that our residents are making during this challenging period by launching the “Clare Community Hero Campaign.” We are asking you to nominate individuals, families or groups in Clare that are doing amazing things in the community. Each week, we will highlight the good actions of one nominee and reward him/her/them with a prize. We hope this campaign will help shine a light of positivity and determination as we work together to keep our community safe. Click here for the nomination form.

 

[COVID-19]: Notice from the Clare Health Centre – Effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020, only patients with appointments will be allowed to enter the building. These measures are necessary to protect you, the public and the personnel during this pandemic.

For any other information or service, please communicate with the Centre by calling 902-645-2777. Thank you for your understanding

A reminder that, if you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, please consult https://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/en to determine whether you should contact 811.

We remind you that all municipal and provincial parks and beaches are CLOSED until further notice.

⛔️ Cape Saint Mary Lighthouse Municipal Park
⛔️ Meteghan Family Park
⛔️ Joseph and Marie Dugas Municipal Park
⛔️ Wentworth Municipal Park
⛔️ Mavillette Beach Provincial Park
⛔️ Smugglers Cove Provincial Park
⛔️ Major's Point Historic Site

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of Clare shares the Province of Nova Scotia’s view that residents are to STAY HOME. We are in the midst of a pandemic. If you must, take walks to exercise, not to socialize. Only go to areas that you can walk to from your home, and go alone or with people in your household only. Maintain a social distance of 2 metres from others. All public gatherings must not exceed 5 people. If the outdoor area is busy, turn around and go home. Police officers are patrolling the area to ensure that people are respecting social distancing directives. A reminder that all residents in self-isolation must not leave their home at all for 14 days.

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