In recent months, misleading information has been spread about Lac Ste. Anne County’s fiscal governance. Despite the fact that the County’s finances are all public and transparent, some basic misunderstandings persist about the County’s financial position.
To address these misunderstandings, the following comparison chart has been prepared. This chart provides various financial information about Lac Ste. Anne County (per the County’s audited financial statements) compared against the same numbers from its municipal neighbours.
|MUNICIPAL TAX RATE||CHANGE||LONG-TERM DEBT||DEBT
|Lac Ste. Anne County||10,260||67||2,072||153||4.5720||4.5720||4.3890||-4.00||$1,370,470||$2,356,146||$3,355,911||$4,478,872||$133.57|
|Barrhead County||6,096||28||1,497||217||5.1859||5.5458||5.7020||9.95||$ 4,931,038||$0||$0||$0||$808.90|
The provision of accurate information is always the County’s goal, as this is the best way to combat rumour, conspiracy theories and mistrust. Quoting a lump sum or standalone figure devoid of any context provides a misleading snapshot of the County’s financial situation.
Discussions about County finances are encouraged, but honest discussions must consider the entire picture rather than just one element. Most importantly, any meaningful dialogue must be based on factual information.