SPRINGDALE, NL - Springdale's budget has increased to just shy of $3 million - up by about $150,000 over last year.
Mayor Dave Edison said it was a particularly challenging budget, but not for the reasons one may think.
He said the budget itself wasn't necessarily tough, but the learning curve for a new council made it a time-consuming and educational process.
"With a new council there are extensive meetings because - I have been on finance (committee) ever since I have been on council - I have three members who are new," he said.
"The one returning member hadn't served on finance before, and the two new councillors would obviously be serving their first time.
"We took it line for line, and spent a lot of time this fall making sure of where we were to."
Budget 2018 was ratified during Monday evening's public meeting of council.
A portion of the town's surplus ($35,111.18) was used to balance the budget at $2,957,808.82.
Of particular note, according to the mayor, is spending just under $300,000 in capital works and investing in such areas as the fire department, cleanup initiatives, and parks and recreation.
The town is at about a 13 per cent debt ratio, according to Edison, something he is proud of.
"If you look around the province, I think we would be in the upper echelon when it comes to those ratios," he said. "We are a well-managed town, and have been for years.
"We are in good shape going forward with some of the big projects we want to tackle in (20)'19 and (20)'20."
While there were no tax increases, according to the mayor, there were some slight fee increases.
Springdale Budget 2018
Projected revenue: $2,922,697.64
Town hall general:$505,365
Promotion and economic development$115,800
Debt charges general:$350,788
Debt charges provincial share:$129,366
Protection persons and property
Fire department general:$104,646
Snow clearing: $177,480
Water and sewer
Capital expenditures out of revenue
Sanitation and waste removal
Net surplus (deficit):-$35,111.18