ST. GEORGE – The Town of St. George council unanimously approved its 2022 budget in a special council meeting Monday, Nov. 22.
The budget, just over $3.3 million will, like many other towns, see its tax rate drop, and water and sewage rates remain static for the upcoming year. The 2021 tax rate of $1.41 per $100 of assessment will drop to $1.39 for 2022.
Town property assessments raised to $153,218,450 in 2021, according to Jason Gaudet, town CAO, an increase of 7.91 per cent over 2021. The general fund is budgeted at $2,596,994, an increase of 6 per cent over 2021, and the utility fund budget, also known as the water and sewage operations is budgeted at $786,668, an increase of 2.8 per cent over 2021.
St. George saw $16 million in new development in 2021, which included 16 residential homes and two industrial projects. St. George has seen growth each year since 2000 except for 2012.
Residential water rates will remain static for 2022, at $370 per year for water and $165 for sewage; or $535 total for both services. For industrial users, metered water rates for 2022 will also remain static; water is $3.31 per 1,000 gallons and sewage treatment is also $3.31 per 1,000 gallons.
Gaudet said the Town of St. George completed several projects in 2021, including a splash pad and some beautification work. Looking ahead to 2022, the town will tackle several jobs pushed forward primarily due to issues stemming from the pandemic. Planned projects include Canal Beach rejuvenation, infrastructure renewal on Riverview Ave., and projects relating to expansion of the industrial park. The town in also looking at several possible new housing developments, and hopes to see development of much needed commercial space in the town core.
Further budget information is available on the Town of St. George website at www.townofstgeorge.com