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2024-25 Budget & Tax Rate

TOWN OF TRENTON NOTICE
2024-2025 Budget & Tax Rate


At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Council approved, accepted, and adopted the General Operating Budget of the Town of Trenton for the fiscal year from April 01, 2024, to March 31, 2025, in the amount of $5,551,670.00. 

After careful consideration by Council, we have approved the Town’s tax rates to remain unchanged from the previous fiscal as follows:

  • Residential & Resource property tax rate to stay at $2.04 per $100 of assessment
  • Commercial property tax rate to stay at $4.10 per $100 of assessment
  • Fire Protection rate to stay at $0.145 per $100 of assessment
  • Solid Waste (garbage collection) annual user fee rate of $146.00 per dwelling unit

Dependent on property assessments, property owners should see no change in their final tax bills set to be issued in September 2024.

Each year, the Town of Trenton aims to build a budget that balances setting a reasonable tax rate and delivering quality services while planning for significant infrastructure needs. Council has faced many difficult decisions over the past four years and continues to be committed to making fiscally responsible decisions in the best interest of our community. We are confident Trenton is on track for a sustainable and vibrant future.

Respectfully,

Mayor Donald Hussher & Town Council

 

Related Documents:

2024 Surplus Equipment Sale

TOWN OF TRENTON
SURPLUS EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

The Town of Trenton is accepting offers on surplus equipment for tender.

Details pertaining to the equipment are as follows:

 Item Description  Item
 Item  2017 Zamboni (propane)
 Minimum Starting Bid  $25,000 plus HST

Full details (including photos) & bid form can be found here:

The above noted equipment may be inspected By Appointment Only at the Town of Trenton Public Works Garage located at 21 Glass St, Trenton, Nova Scotia. Bid forms are available online at the link above or at Town Hall (120 Main Street) during Public Office Hours: Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), 9:00am to 4:00pm. For further information and/or to set up an inspection appointment you may contact Darryl Marcott at 902-921-4184.

The deadline for bid submissions is 3:00pm on Friday, May 31st, 2024.

The successful bidder must pay the bid amount plus HST. Payment for the noted equipment is to be issued to the Town of Trenton in the form of a certified cheque, cash, debit or Visa/Mastercard.

The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to accept any quotations deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. The Town of Trenton also reserves the right to waive any formality, informality, or technicality in any proposal.

BID FORM
SUBMISSION FOR SURPLUS EQUIPMENT

The bid form (link above) must be fully completed for submission.

In order to be considered, bids must be submitted on this form in a sealed envelope and be received at Trenton Town Hall on or before the deadline for bid submissions which is 3:00pm on Friday, May 31st, 2024. (Trenton Town Hall, 120 Main St, PO Box 328, Trenton, NS, B0K 1X0).

The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any or all submissions at its sole discretion.

2024 Tax Sale

TOWN OF TRENTON
Tax Sale 2024


PUBLIC NOTICE
is hereby given that the following lands are liable to be sold for arrears of taxes due to the Town of Trenton as described below, and that unless such taxes with interest and expenses are sooner paid I shall proceed to sell the said land at Public Auction, Council Chambers, Town Office, 120 Main Street, Trenton, Nova Scotia on the 27th day of June 2024 at 10:00 a.m. in the forenoon:

1 # 01815423 Daniolos, Spyro
25 Central Avenue
Land Dwelling
$4,600.95   7 # 04801008 MacNeill, Donald
13 Spruce Street
Land Dwelling
$9,193.35
2 # 04205707  Gillis, Daniel
170 Main Street
Land – HST is applicable on purchase price
Non-redeemable
$17,603.78   8 # 03151441 Mahar, Shane & Keizer, Tammy
2 Beech Street
Land Dwelling
$12,399.17
3 # 01515837  Hynes, Daniel & Angeline
118 High Street
Land – HST is applicable on purchase price
Non-redeemable
$31,161.57   9 # 04655427 Robinson, Billie
12 Eleventh Street
Land Dwelling
$9,224.89
4 # 02476371 Keizer, Dillon
33 George Street
Land Dwelling
$1,894.48   10 # 04319818 Stewart, Alex
65 Park Street
Land – HST is applicable on purchase price
$1,172.73
5 # 10927099 Langille, John
Munroe Street
Land – HST is applicable on purchase price
$625.04   11 # 04541227 Taylor, Graham
82 Maple Street
Land Dwelling
$1,226.05
6 # 10198763 MacLean Donald, MacLean Lee & MacLean Viola
155 Strickland Avenue
Land Dwelling
$10,433.15        

 

$100 Certificate of Sale Registration Cost MUST be paid at time of successful bid.

More detailed descriptions of the above properties may be obtained at the Town of Trenton, during regular business hours, however we do not guarantee the accuracy of these property descriptions. It is advisable to consult with a lawyer before purchasing a property. Terms of sale - Taxes and rates, interest and expenses to be paid at the time of the sale by cash, debit, Visa/Mastercard, certified cheque, money order, bank drafts or a lawyer’s trust cheque. The balance of the purchase price, if any, to be paid within three days of sale by cash, debit, Visa/Mastercard, certified cheque, money order, bank drafts or a lawyer’s trust cheque.

Alanna Grover
Chief Administrative Officer

Employment Opportunity - Seasonal Labourer

The Town of Trenton Parks & Recreation Department is currently seeking applications for a Seasonal Labourer: 

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by mail or e-mail to:

Town of Trenton
Attn: Craig Murray
P.O. Box 328, 120 Main Street
Trenton, NS B0K 1X0

E-mail:  

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 4:00PM.

The Town of Trenton is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Please note: this is a seasonal position. For student job opportunities, please visit: Student Summer Employment 2024.

Fisheries Act Violation Details

Message from Mayor, Council & Chief Administrative Officer


Dear Residents,

In December 2023, the Town of Trenton pled guilty to an offence under the federal government’s Fisheries Act. The Town was sentenced on February 15, 2024.

The plea is connected to the Town’s lack of action to address a blocked sewer pipe, discovered in the fall of 2017, which caused the backup of untreated sewage into the Park Road manhole, which then over-flowed through an outfall pipe before discharging into the discharge path leading to Lowden Brook.

The situation was not addressed until January 2020, following a citizen complaint to the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC). In response to the results of testing, which indicated the untreated sewage effluent flowing through the pipe constituted a “deleterious substance,” and therefore, a violation of the Fisheries Act, the Town took immediate action, replacing 200 feet of sewage pipe over the course of two days.

There was no indication of environmental harm to the impacted fish habitat as a result of the deposit of the untreated sewage effluent into the Lowden Brook and East River.

While the issue was addressed in January 2020, this matter has just recently been heard by the court. The Town pled guilty to the violation. We have been working with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and will fully comply with the terms of our court order. We are focused on meeting the requirements of the order, which includes training, public notification requirements, and testing and reporting requirements.

The Town has three years to pay the fine of $100,000 and at this time it is not expected to have an impact on residents’ taxes, programs, or services.

We acknowledge, and regret, that the appropriate steps were not taken to address this issue at the time it was discovered. We are committed to making sure this does not happen again, through further work on our wastewater and storm water systems. We will provide regular updates on the status of these projects.

Respectfully,

Mayor, Council and CAO

 

Information will be posted here as it becomes available:

 

Reporting Public Works Emergencies

To report Public Works Emergencies (including but not limited to emergencies related to wastewater and storm water systems, water line breaks, leaking water meters, etc.), please contact:

Public Works Superintendent, Darryl Marcott
Available for calls during daytime office hours & for afterhours emergencies.
Tel: 902-752-6907

Town Administration Office
Available for calls Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Tel: 902-752-5311

Accessibility Committee Accepting New Members

Accessibility Committee Accepting New Members

The Town of Trenton is committed to identifying, preventing, and eliminating barriers faced by people of all abilities including those who identify as having a disability, and ensuring our municipal programs, services, initiatives, and facilities in our Town are barrier-free.

If you’re interested in creating a more accessible and equitable community, and would like to become part of the Accessibility Committee, please reach out:


Phone: 902-752-5311 (Town Hall)
Email:

 

Helpful Links:

Community Grants Policy & Application Process 2024-25

Town of Trenton Community Grants Policy & Application Process

Every year the Town receives requests for support from many community groups and causes. Responding to such requests on an ad hoc or “as received” basis may result in unequitable treatment of requests that are received late in the fiscal year or may not allow Council to best prioritize such requests for maximum impact in the community. The Community Grants Policy was put into effect June 12, 2018, to begin for the 2019 fiscal year and beyond.

Community Grant Applications for the 2024-25 fiscal period are now being considered. Applications must be received no later than February 28th, 2024, to be assessed in preparation for the 2024-25 General Operating Budget. Applicants who received funding in 2023-24 and who do not apply for 2024-25 may not be considered for further grant funding.

Although the Town of Trenton cannot fund all applications received, we appreciate the interest of community groups in our program. Consideration of any funding requests received after the approval of the General Operating Budget will be limited to the availability of unallocated funds until such time as they are exhausted.

How to Apply

The Community Grants Policy & application form may be obtained from Town Hall,120 Main Street, during public office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm), by calling 902-752-5311 or by visiting Community Grants section of the Town website.

Deadline for receipt of applications is: Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Please drop off your application form and any supporting materials to Town Hall or mail to:

Town of Trenton
PO Box 328
Trenton, NS
B0K 1X0

2024 Property Assessment Notices

2024 Property Assessment Notices have been mailed by Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC).

Did you know you can find more information about your 2024 property assessment online?

Log into My Property Report at www.pvsc.ca with the Assessment Account Number (AAN) and PIN on your 2024 Assessment Notice.

Still have questions?

Assessors are available by phone at 1-800-380-7775 or by email at  

JOIN THE FUN!

Volunteer for Trenton FunFest!

Our annual festival has been a summer staple in Trenton for over 35 years and we have been blessed with many fabulous volunteers during this time! Now we’re searching for volunteers to join the Trenton FunFest organizing committee for 2024.

If you’re interested or have any questions, please reach out to:

Trenton Parks & Recreation
Email: 
Tel: 902-752-2382

Click here to visit the Trenton FunFest page.

Trenton Water Utility Water Rate Increase

TOWN OF TRENTON PUBLIC NOTICE
Trenton Water Utility Water Rate Increases


The Town of Trenton, on behalf of its Water Utility, applied to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for approval to amend its Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and its Schedule of Rules and Regulations. After due public notice, a hearing was held on December 14, 2022. The Schedule of Rates and Charges, including the public fire protection charge were approved by the Board, for Water and Water Services supplied on and after April 1, 2023, April 1, 2024, and April 1, 2025, respectively.

The average water bill in Nova Scotia is currently between $135 and $145 per quarter. In Trenton, the average water bill is currently $64 per quarter which equates to only $21 per month. The last water rate increase in Trenton was effective April 1, 2011, with no increase in 12 years.


Proposed increases for an average home (with four residents) are:

  • Effective April 1, 2023 – from $64.20 to $141.60 per quarter
    (Average increase of $309.60/year, $77.40/quarter, $5.95/week, or 85 cents/day)

  • Effective April 1, 2024 – from $141.60 to $165.47 per quarter
    (Average increase of $95.48/year, $23.87/quarter, $1.84/week, or 26 cents/day)

  • Effective April 1, 2025 – from $165.47 to $199.40 per quarter
    (Average increase of $135.72/year, $33.93/quarter, $2.61/week, or 37 cents/day


A large part of the increase, specifically in years 2 and 3, is the result of replacing the aging reservoir and upgrading the water pressure booster station and treatment plant. These improvements are essential for the delivery of safe drinking water.


 Approved increases are related to the changing provincial and federal environmental standards for drinking water, as well as the increases in costs for:

  • Power usage
  • Cost of chemicals and treatments supplies
  • Equipment
  • Transportation costs (fuel, insurance, repairs & maintenance)
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