Itemized budget tops Chelsea, Quebec taxpayer’s Christmas wish list


by admin on November 25, 2010

The Editor,

Well, winter is just around the corner and with it comes our annual Christmas present of our annual tax bill.

If Chelsea, Quebec council stays with the much-flawed, the 10-year plan, document created by former mayor Jean Perras, it means another round of 4 to 4.5 per cent tax increases for residents (or compounded over two years approximately 6 per cent) this year.

If we are working with this so-called 10-year plan, where do any of these new discussions about water and sewers fall and what’s our commitment to new development and what does a 4-4.5 per cent increase (actually 6 per cent for this year) mean to the residents?

Last year, we gave council the benefit of the doubt since they were brand new and apparently there were a lot of financial issues from the previous administration that needed to be cleaned up. (It should be noted that a few of those folks are still sitting on council.)

As a resident, I have heard lots of talk and lots of big plans while we continue to pay the bills without seeing a list of priorities. Like most municipalities, in Chelsea, it’s business as usual and lets just get the budget spent.

I hope that council has, in the past 12 months, got its house in order and can tell us with commitment what any tax increase will actually mean to the residents of Chelsea and on any of the projects currently under discussion.

I also look forward to an upcoming public meeting where the budget will be discussed and a list of priorities will be presented.

Kensel Tracy

Chelsea, Quebec