Budget 2024-2025

As we enter into the end of our four-year mandate, I am pleased to outline the continued plans and priorities that the 52nd Council of Municipality of the District of Shelburne will undertake in the 2024-25 fiscal year.

Before I begin outlining this year’s plan, on behalf of Council, I want to recognize that this past year has been especially challenging for our residents, having endured the worst wildfire in Nova Scotia history, the Barrington Lake Wildfire. We all were affected by this horrible event, some more deeply than others; but in this time of crisis, the love, support and strength of our community shone through. The words “thank you” will never be enough to express our gratitude to our firefighters and other first responders and to our volunteers. I do believe that together, we will continue to rebuild, recover and emerge stronger than ever.

Since 2020, Council has worked diligently with staff to ensure that strategic decisions have been made to positively impact the growth and wellbeing of our Municipality.

This year, Council has identified the following five key priorities:

  • Economic and Housing Development;
  • Investment in Healthcare;
  • Land Use Planning;
  • Renewable Energy; and
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Opportunities

The Municipality’s 2024-25 operating budget is set at $9,508,377.

Council has approved a 2 cent reduction in residential and resource tax rate to $1.26 per $100 of assessment and a 3 cent reduction in commercial tax rate to $1.82 per $100 of assessment. Council will maintain the interest rate charged on tax bills at 10%.

View the full detailed version of  Warden Smith’s 2024/2025 Budget Address.

View the complete version of the 2024-2025 Budget Summary.