On the eve of the adoption of its 2016 budget, the MRC Pontiac learned that a modification in how the government now calculates the distribution of natural resource royalties would cost the MRC close to $95,000. The division of revenues that was once calculated on the size of the territory, which resulted in a $152,110 annual revenue for the MRC, is now in proportion to its population, resulting in a revised income of $58,000 for 2016.
In order to maintain a 1% municipal share threshold, the MRC reworked the budget to postpone some expenses to later in the year, or to the following year. For example, the new supervisor position in the Assessment Department will not be filled until later in the year. The MRC will also have to appropriate a larger portion of the surplus than was expected.