Taxes up, Projects on hold, some services cut as Council approves Budget

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Several projects have been put on hold as a result of budget deliberations and the finalization of the 2016 Municipal budget that will result in a 1.9% increase for property owners in the Sault.

City council voted and passed the budget Tuesday night in a 10-3 recorded vote. All but Paul Christian, Matthew Shoemaker and Frank Fata voted against it.

The increase will mean an extra 45 dollars a year for the average homeowner based on a value of property at $175,000.

City departmental budgets were cut and some services will be impacted .

During deliberations, council made the decision to cut municipal daycare, pulling back on Sunday service for Sault Transit, eliminating free dump weeks and cutting back on sidewalk snow plowing.

Some projects however have been put on hold until at least next year or beyond, those include The waterfront walkway project that was to expand the current boardwalk along the  shoreline of the former Sault Area Hospital location, the tree replacement on Queen Street and the environmental assessment for the Gateway Signature park.

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