Inverness County Council passed its 2018/19 general operating budget last Monday, and the municipality will be working with $11,173,700 worth of revenue for the fiscal year. Council maintained the residential tax rate at $1.02 per $100 of assessment while the commercial tax rate held at $1.85 per $100 of assessment.
Some of the main areas in which the money will be spent include protection services ($2.9 million), environmental health services ($2.5 million), costs related to taxation ($1 million), and transportation services ($958,000). With that money, the municipality will be making seven new hires as recommended by its organizational review.
The budget passed unanimously, but not all councillors were fully pleased. Councillor John Dowling was displeased Inverness County is not providing funding for the Port Hawkesbury Airport. With him, Councillor John MacLennan said he’d like to see more funding for Whycocomagh and area.