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New arena lauded

The new arena under construction here received plenty of praise as town councillors, “Ice for Kids” members, and the media went on the first tour of the facility Friday afternoon.

Sporting an NHL-sized ice surface, 993 seats, an expansive lobby, and change rooms at least twice the size of the ones inside Memorial Arena, the building made quite an impression.

Tax bills to be mailed on time despite town’s faulty software

Municipal tax bills will be in the mail by the March 10 deadline after council agreed Monday night to have the billing prepared externally rather than risk waiting to see if the town’s faulty software will be ready in time.

“In the interest of being sure that we can get the tax bills out, we decided to go with another option,” Administration and Finance manager Darryl Allan said.

Council passes 2000 budget

Council passed the town’s 2000 budget with no levy increases but it did include a $299,925 net reduction in municipal spending.

Amendments to the “controllable” portion of the budget were in the form of cuts and fee increases. These were needed to compensate for higher “non-controllable” costs, which account for 26.7 percent of the entire municipal budget.