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A Tale of Two Budgets: Federal & Provincial Budgets deliver very different news for NB’s municipalities

Tuesday’s Federal and Provincial Budgets delivered very different news for New Brunswick’s municipalities: one balanced the books but delayed major promises, while the other provides a big short-term boost for local infrastructure. NB Finance Minister Ernie Steeves presented a balanced 2019-2020 Provincial Budget, which will decrease the […]

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Provincial Budget 2019-2020 delivers on fiscal sustainability but leaves municipalities waiting

Today’s Provincial Budget takes important steps for New Brunswick’s fiscal sustainability, but leaves municipalities waiting on key government commitments and tools to help. “We agree with Minister Steeves: we all need to work together to help get our province’s finances in order,” said UMNB President Wayne Sturgeon. […]

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UMNB: What we’re looking for in the 2019-2020 Provincial Budget

March 18 2019 Tuesday’s 2019-2020 Provincial Budget should treat municipalities as partners in getting New Brunswick on track and give municipalities the tools to help the province grow, says the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick. “Our province is strapped for cash. That means this budget needs […]

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Capital Budget belt-tightening squeezes out critical municipal projects

Tuesday’s Capital Budget shuts the door on critical infrastructure funding for many municipalities, and slashes funding for the designated highways that serve as arteries for commerce and commuters in New Brunswick’s communities. “Municipalities understand the need for tough budget choices, and we know the province is tightening its belt,” said […]

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Throne Speech includes promising promises for municipalities

Tuesday’s Throne Speech includes promises on issues that keep New Brunswick’s mayors and councillors up at night – including access to dependable health care and addressing skyrocketing WorkSafe rates. “Our members have sounded the alarm on these issues, in their communities and to the government. We’re encouraged […]

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Massive WorkSafe NB rate increases are bad for residents and unsustainable for municipalities

Massive WorkSafe NB rate increases announced in the middle of municipal budget season are bad for residents and unsustainable for municipalities, says the Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick. For municipalities like Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, it means sudden cost increases of approx. $1 M […]

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Restoration of municipal by-elections is a victory for local democracy

The Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick is celebrating Elections New Brunswick’s announcement that municipal by-elections are being restored to December 2018. “This is a victory for municipalities and a victory for local democracy. Thank you to Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth for listening to our […]

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Cancelled by-elections hurt local democracy

FREDERICTON – Elections NB (ENB) has told municipalities that municipal byelections scheduled for December 3 2018, will be delayed “due to the results of the September 24, 2018, provincial general elections, in order for Elections New Brunswick to be able to plan for any contingency.” The Union […]

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Elimination of “one-third” tax exemption for municipal elected officials: Guide

The federal 1/3 tax exemption for municipal elected officials will end on January 1, 2019. This change will have a significant impact on the after-tax compensation of municipal elected leaders. In collaboration with UMNB and other municipal associations, FCM has produced a guide [Link] for municipalities about […]

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Municipal leaders gather at UMNB’s 2018 Annual Conference

Mayors and councillors from across New Brunswick are gathering for the first time since Monday’s election at the Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick’s 2018 Annual Conference on September 28-30 in Fredericton. “New Brunswick’s municipalities are facing major challenges, from climate change to changing demographics,” said […]

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