Burton-Greater Geary Local Service District
This is the home of the Burton-Greater Geary Local Service District Advisory Committee. It speaks in support of the 5421 residents of the Burton-Greater Geary Local Service District in local matters such as:
· Solid Waste Collection
· Local planning
· Fire and police protection
· Animal Control
This website is maintained by an Advisory Committee volunteer for the purposes of enhancing communication of valuable information to LSD residents.
2014-2018 Advisory Committee
Eleanor Lindsay, (Burton), Chair & Local Rep to Regional Service Commission
Malcolm Gilbert, (Burton) Secretary
Mary Mesheau (Burton)
Terry Dexter (Burton)
Pat Smith (Burton)
Contact us at info[at]burtongreatergearylsd.ca
Advisory committee members are volunteers elected at a special public meeting in 2012 and are to serve two years. A new election was organized by the Dept of Env and Local Govt for November 5th, 2014, 7 pm, Burton Lions Centre.
21 Oct at the Burton Lions Club
16 Dec (B)
20 Jan 2014 (G), 17 Feb (B)
17 Mar (G), 21 Apr (B)
26 May (G), 16 June (B)
Nov 20 (B), Dec 18 (G)
Jan 15 (B), Feb 19 (G), March 19 (B)
April 16 (G), May 21 (B), June 18 (G)
2014 2018 Advisory Committee Election
Wed, Nov 5th, 7 pm, Burton Lions Centre
The vote to establish recreational and sports facilities for the Burton Greater Geary Local Service District was held on October 30, 2014 at the Hazen Park Centre in Oromocto. The results of this vote are as follows:
Ballots cast: 166
Spoiled ballots: 0
The result of the vote is no to establishing the service.
The Local Service District Committee members wish to extend our appreciation to those who attended our public information sessions and to those who voted on this issue.
Mary Mesheau Chairperson
on behalf of the LSD committee
October 23, 2014 Recreation Services Vote on October 30, 2014, Hazen Centre Oromocto, 2 8 pm (see news item below for more information)
Oct 22, 7 pm, Geary Lions Centre
Sept 17, 2014 - Burton-Greater Geary to vote on Recreation Services in October
In late 2013, the Burton-Greater Geary LSD committee held two community meetings to discuss community interest in supporting local recreation programs. Many citizens from both sides of the LSD appeared to support this concept and signed a petition to the Department of Local government to have a community vote to allow our LSD to use its revenue to support recreation programs. It has taken a while, but this vote will be held sometime in mid-October. Final dates to follow shortly, along with a note in your mailbox. There will also be two community information sessions (Geary, Burton) where you'll have a chance to ask questions.
Burton-Greater Geary LSD is not currently allowed to use its collected revenue to support the delivery of recreation services (such as hiring a worker to maintain a playing surface or walking trail, buying soccer nets or bases, etc) and the vote is to change this. It has been this way since the 1960s when our LSD was established. The LSD is set up to support Community Services, which includes operational and other expenses associated with a maintaining a facility for community use or access.
This is a not a vote for an amount of money to be set aside for recreation, rather it is a vote to tell Local Government that citizens support (or do not support) allowing the community to set aside money for recreation sometime. A yes vote will give the community the ability to set a recreation budget, while the budget amount can be set if and when the community sees a need to set a number. If the communities support this, the LSD Committee will embark on a similar community engagement exercise that it did to solicit input for the Community Services budget and selection criteria for support.
Four projects to receive Community Services Funding
Following public consultations in 2013, including consultations this year on selection criteria, the LSD Advisory Committee asked for proposals from local community groups for up to $5,000 in funding, to allocate a total budget of $19,000 to important community projects or services in 2014. Four applications were received, reviewed and found to be suitable for funding according to the selection criteria. The projects are:
1)Burton Lions Club - up to $4750 towards Community Hall Roof Replacement
2)Geary Lions Club - up to $4750 towards utilities and liability insurance expenses for approx. 4 months at the community hall
3)Burton Home and School Assoc. - up to $4750 towards equipment for a community playground
4)Greater Geary Recreation Council - up to $4750 towards enhancing community access to their ballfield and programs (fixing the parking area and other non-playing surface areas (but not the field itself), liability insurance, portapotty)
All successful applicants submit their invoices to the Dept. of Local Government, which reviews the eligibility of expenses and ensures proper use of funds. Unused funds return to the LSD budget. Original budget was $20,000, with $1,000 being left in the budget for emergency expenditures, which is why $19,000 was allocated.
Burton-Greater Geary LSD Budget 2014
Rural Planning: $101,969
Cost of assessment: $68,462
Fire protection: $236,310
Police services: $317,486
Dog control: $10,843
Solid Waste Management: $292,082
Total non-discretionary budget: $1,053,161
Discretionary items (as recommended by the LSD Advisory Committee following public consultations) 1.9% of all expenditures
Community services: $20,000
Total budget for 2014: $1,073,161
Unconditional grant from NB: $51,006
Total taxes collected to be collected from LSD: $1,020,159
Total revenue = $1,071,165
Tax base (total value of properties) = $352,898,950
Local tax rate = (2014 taxes to be collected)/(tax base)
=$0.002891 per $1 of assessed property value or-
=$0.2891 per $100 of assessed property value
Questions about the budget, including detailed budget breakdowns, can be directed to Local Services Manager Ivan Corbett
Approved Meeting Minutes
Forthcoming, currently available on Greater Geary Association website (see link above)