Beaumont council approves tax rate increase of 1.88% in 2019

2019 budget in Beaumont approved by council

Town Council in Beaumont is encouraged with next year's budget for the community.

In 2019, $190,000 will be spent on arts and culture programs including $50,000 to the Blues and Roots Festival and another $50,000 to the Beaumont Arts Society.

They're also giving $15,000 to the Beaumont Heritage Society and $5,000 to the Beaumont and District Agricultural Society.

The other $70,000 meanwhile will be made available for other community grant requests in 2019.

Beaumont's Mayor John Stewart tells the ONE News the other important issues he felt they've been able to address when it comes to the budget.

"One of the biggest priorities for council was in economic development so we've beefed up some positions there to put some much-needed horsepower where we need it, we managed to keep our tax increase down below 2% at 1.88% which is a full percentage point below inflation, so I'm really encouraged we're increasing service and keeping tax increases down" says Stewart.

Among the other changes coming into effect is Stewart's position as Mayor will become a full-time job next year.

Stewart says Beaumont is the 5th fastest growing community in the country with a yearly population increase of between 600 to 1,000.

The 2019 budget also includes some new positions in the town staff, such as a community liaison officer, additional planning officers plus a new economic development team.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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