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BILL NO. 64

                                                   Local Bill

                 
                                                               
              3rd Session, 56th General Assembly
                         Nova Scotia
                    44 Elizabeth II, 1995

                 
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                  An Act to Amend Chapter 3
                   of the Acts of 1994, the
            Cape Breton Regional Municipality Act






           The Honourable J. Bernard Boudreau, Q.C.
                    Cape Breton The Lakes


                 
                                                             
                 
                                                               
                           Halifax
          Printed by Queen's Printer for Nova Scotia
                               
                               
                               
                       Explanatory Note


         This Bill permits the Council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to

            (a) phase in tax rates over five and ten-year periods;

            (b) levy a special rate in former municipal units for debt brought into the
         amalgamation; and

            (c) levy area rates to recover outstanding debt and deficits.



                   An Act to Amend Chapter 3
                    of the Acts of 1994, the
             Cape Breton Regional Municipality Act



         Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:


         1  Section 93 of Chapter 3 of the Acts of 1994, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Act, is amended by adding immediately after subsection (7) the following subsection:

            (8) Notwithstanding subsections (5) and (6),

                (a) the Council may authorize the levying and collecting of a separate rate
            for the area of the Regional Municipality determined by the Council to be a rural
            area receiving a rural level of services and a separate rate for the area of the
            Regional Municipality determined by the Council to be a suburban area receiving
            a suburban level of services;

                   (b)  for the five fiscal years commencing August 1, 1995, the Council may
              authorize the levying and collecting of a separate rate within each former municipal
              unit by phasing down or up the rate that applied within the municipal unit
              immediately before August 1, 1995;

                   (c)  for the ten fiscal years commencing August 1, 1995, the Council may
              authorize different percentages pursuant to clause 5(b) within each former
              municipal unit by phasing down or up the percentage that applied within the
              municipal unit immediately before August 1, 1995;

                   (d)  for the ten fiscal years commencing August 1, 1995, the Council may
              authorize the levying and collecting of a separate rate within each former municipal
              unit for debt charges arising from debt outstanding prior to August 1, 1995;

                   (e)  for the period April 1, 1995, to July 31, 1995, the Council may set tax
              rates for the area of each former municipal unit that reflect the actual revenue
              requirement for that area for that period; and

                   (f)  the Council may authorize different percentages pursuant to clause 5(b)
              for each rate determined pursuant to clause (a).


         2    Section 97 of Chapter 3 is amended by adding immediately after subsection (5) the
following subsections:

              (6)  The Council may levy a rate on an area to recover outstanding deficits, debts,
         debt charges or other items of past expenditure that the Council determines should be
         recovered from the ratepayers of the area.

              (7)  A rate levied pursuant to subsection (6) applies to the assessed value of all
         taxable property and business assessments in the area.

         3    This Act has effect on and after August 1, 1995.