Lunenburg Lifestyle centre $3M overrun falls to municipalities

The new Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre has come in about $3 million over budget.

Lunenburg and Bridgewater will pick up the extra tab for the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre

The multipurpose recreation centre comes equipped with an arena, pool, library and computer area. (CBC)

The new Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre has come in about $3 million over budget.

The multipurpose recreation centre, which comes equipped with an arena, pool, library and computer area, was completed months ago and cost $34 million.

Bridgewater Mayor David Walker said his town could borrow, deplete reserves or raise taxes to cover the deficit. (CBC)

However delays disposing of pyritic slate on the site and a $1 million federal grant that never came through, have left two municipalities, Lunenburg and Bridgewater, with the budget overruns.

Bridgewater Mayor David Walker said his town could borrow, deplete reserves or raise taxes to cover the deficit.

People who pay property tax in Bridgewater currently pay $80 for every 100,0000 of assessed value to finance the town's commitment to pay $5 million in capital costs.

“We think it will pay dividends down the road but obviously we’re frustrated with the overruns as taxpayers should be,” said Walker.

The final bill for the facility will drop by $500,000 if all pledges are honoured. (CBC)

For many in the community though, it was a treasure worth waiting for.

“This community needed something like this in the area because it’s kind of a hub,” said Courtney Langford.

“It’s nice to have it all in one area too, so you can go to the pool and then get books after,” said Victor Gogol.

The final bill will drop by $500,000 if all pledges are honoured.

Town residents will find out next month how their council intends to deal with the budget overruns.