Government program cuts: MRC budget 2015

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Arnaud de la Salle


Arnaud de la Salle

CAMPBELL’S BAY – The MRC’s council of mayors held its final meeting of the year, November 26, to pass the budget for 2015. Warden Raymond Duroucher first congratulated the newly elected mayor of Calumet Island, Irène Nadeau.  Then,  Martin Boucher, engineer with the Groupement forestier du Pontiac asked the mayors to support the GFP’s effort to change its status in dealing with the federal and provincial governments.  The mayors agreed to allow each municipality to sign onto the GFP’s project.
Isabelle Girard, head of the MRC’s CLD, gave her report, discussing the work of the CLD and the impact on it, now attached to the MRC and with a 50% cut in its budget from the province.
Budget passed unanimously
The budget itself was passed unanimously, although the 2% salary increase for elected officials met with one objection, from Mayor Murray of Shawville.  The 2015 budget comes in at $5.1 million, down from $5.7 in 2014, due to government cutbacks.  The share from the
municipalities, due to the MRC, goes up 2% in 2015.   Other resolutions unanimously passed by the mayors included a development plan for communal
transportation, the reorganization required by the fiscal pact,  the rural pact’s effect on general administration, and the financials for the MRC’s administration
committee.
For the management committee, council agreed that Bristol’s zoning
regulation conforms to the law, as well as the call for tenders on household wastes (closed door
session).  The economic development committee proposed a request to have the government clean up the “green route” and to create a follow-up committee for the farm zone program, the PDZA (see related article,
page 18).
Once the schedule of meetings for 2015 was approved, the meeting was adjourned at noon.      
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