Mayor pushes for increased revenues

by Vance Gutzman

Deep River Mayor Sue D’Eon continues to push for increased revenues and decreased expenses as the town’s finance and administration committee continues its deliberations of the municipality’s 2019 budget.

With a view to bringing things in line with council’s directive of a 2.5 percent increase, in line with the consumer price index (CPI), D’Eon went through a number of budgetary items during last week’s committee meeting.

Among them were marina fees, which the mayor felt could be increased, as well as tipping fees at the Miller Road landfill site, which accepts construction and demolition waste.

Public works director Sean Patterson said at the meeting that the groundwork has already been laid in that regard, with a proposed change in tipping fees coming forward to council this year.

Cemetery fees were also on the list of items the mayor was focusing on.

“Perhaps there’s an opportunity to raise those as well,” D’Eon suggested.

The expenses she had an eye towards reducing included her own budgetary allocation for the mayor’s “public relations fund,” which she suggested could be cut by 50 per cent, from $5,000 to $2,500.

“I may regret that later,” she said tongue in cheek at the meeting.

The mayor also suggested that the library board could take a closer look at how to maximize the usage of that facility.

The town’s chief administrative officer, Ric McGee, told committee members that user fees are one area that can be increased by the cost of living.

“We’d like to bring the fees schedule forward with the budget each year,” McGee said.

“It makes sense that the fees are part of the budget process.”

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