On Monday, June 27th 2016, City Council
considered our 2017 operating budget and gave direction to City Administration
for developing next year’s budget. The direction that City Council gave was to
create budget with a 1.5% tax increase, and a tax rebate for the final 1.5% so
that it will be a 0% property tax increase in 2017.
We used a variety of tools at our disposal, including the
use of one time reserves to achieve a 0.0% tax increase. But, it does include a
small amount of service reduction across the city. City staff will work on
minimizing the impacts of those service reductions and will come back to City
Council in November with what cuts are in place at Budget Finalisation.
I heard from many people in response to my last budget email
asking for your input. I will use that input to share with administration as
they look for budget savings across the various departments. I truly appreciate
the thought and consideration that so many people gave to me. A majority of
people were interested in seeing their taxes be as low as possible, but were
concerned about the impacts on service. There was generally a strong desire to
see services maintained across the city. I am collating that information now
and will be using it in a submission to city staff to help direct them in
developing the city budget.
Here is a snap shot of some of the things I heard from you:
and Fire: Many residents believe they should not be exempt from budget
Members: Many residents believe Council salary should be decreased. Please
note that Council salary is determined by a Citizen Committee.
Staff: It’s about half and half between those who believe this budget
should be maintained or decreased.
It’s about half and half between those who believe this budget should be
maintained or increased.
Many believe the budget for waste collection should be decreased – to stop or
postpone the Green Cart Program or to make collection bi-weekly for all carts.
Many residents expressed that they would volunteer to be the caretaker of their
Thanks and I will keep you informed as we move forward with
developing next year’s budget.
Interested in the Budget Discussion? Check out Part 1 & Part 2.
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