The City of Dieppe will be welcoming participants from around the world in the coming years as it co-hosts the World Acadian Congress in 2019 and the Francophonie Games in 2021.
To best prepare for the future, the city has raised municipal taxes next year by about $19 for the average homeowner.
In a year-end interview, Mayor Yvon Lapierre says more small increases will likely follow.
“We expect for the next couple of years to increase our taxes by one cent. Obviously if economically things improve, then we will review every year,” he notes.
Lapierre says construction is also expected to begin on a new community intergenerational complex next spring to replace the aging Centennial Arena.
Besides the city and expected funding from higher levels of government, a local group is also fundraising for the $29 million facility which will include two ice surfaces, community rooms, an indoor walking track and a greenhouse.