Nova Scotia

HRM cuts tax bills

Halifax regional council has approved a budget that means slightly lower tax bills for most homes and businesses this year.

Halifax regional council has approved a budget that means slightly lower tax bills for most homes and businesses this year.

The $920-million budget, approved Tuesday, cuts residential and commercial tax rates.

For the average single family home, the rate is down 5.5 per cent. This means a smaller tax bill because average property assessments are up by five per cent.

There is also more money for transit, with new routes to the airport and Porters Lake, and for sidewalks, roads and bridges.

The budget also includes a new 311 phone line to streamline customer service calls.

HRM officials have said that 50 vacant staff positions will be cut.

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