Budget Makes Life Better for Yarmouth Shelburne Families

first_img Total revenues for 2011-12, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $8.5 billion, a decrease of $133 million over the 2010-11 estimates. The 2011 budget projects a deficit of $389.6 million. This is in line with the $370-million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Total expenses for fiscal 2011-12 are budgeted at $9.3 billion, up $323.0 million from 2010-11, entirely because of reinstating university funding. Today’s budget also includes: investing $42.5 million to help make post-secondary education more affordable opening at least four new Collaborative Emergency Centres this year providing tax breaks, such as an increase in the basic personal amount by $250 reducing departmental spending by $170 million investing $28 million to improve business productivity providing $7.9 million to low-income families to help make ends meet. investment to support efforts to aggressively market Southwestern Nova Scotia as a premium tourism destination hiring of a nurse practitioner to visit nursing homes in Southwest Health Authority and care for seniors where they live, saving them the stress and discomfort of a trip to hospital funding for construction of the new Yarmouth Memorial High School new nursing home beds for Yarmouth expanding the Schools Plus initiative into the Tri-County Regional School Board continued and stable funding support for Western Counties Regional Library helping entrepreneurs in Yarmouth and Shelburne counties by reducing the small business tax to four per cent from 4.5 per cent, the second consecutive year it has declined better road maintenance through government chip-seal and asphalt-plant initiatives continued and stable funding support for local museums, such as Acadian Village Help for local tourism, better health care for seniors in nursing homes and new school construction are some of the highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne counties in the provincial budget today, April 5th. “This budget invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “We still have a difficult financial situation to address, but this budget shows that we are on target to balance in 2013, as promised.” Highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne in today’s budget include: For more information on the 2011-12 provincial budget, visit www.gov.ns.calast_img read more