City Council can still pass a 3.43% 2017 Budget with no cuts to service at the Monday Dec. 12, 2016 meeting of City Council.
I urge all upset property tax payers, and all upset Sault citizens who are affected by the planned service cuts in 2017 to show up at City Council on Monday December 12, 2016 down at City Halll starting at 4:15 pm to let City Council know that you want them to restore your services and lower your property tax increase for 2017.
The idea is to convert the 2017 $2.3 Million dollar Asset Management Plan allocation to debt, and take the resulting $2.3 Million dollars and apply it to restoring the services and investments that were cut, PLUS lowering the 2017 tax increase to a more reasonable, yet still harsh, 3.43% just like Councilor Romano, and Councilor Christian wanted city staff to investigate.
That’s all financial mumbo-jumbo for taxpayers will have to pay $240 over 20 years instead of $230 in 2017 to pay for things like City Hall window and roof replacements, and other important upgrades to city buildings.
Sure, its going to cost a total of $10 more over a 20 year period, but that’s better than emptying our taxpaying wallets in 2017.
Plus our taxes won’t go up as much in 2017, and we will have our Summer Students, and our Saturday Landfill and Hazardous Home Waste drop off, and our Summer Yard Leaf Waste Collection, and $820,000 Road Resurfacing, and our Seniors Programming and Furniture, and our Millennium Fountain, and everything else that they cut.
Currently only Ward 1 Councilor Paul Christian, and Ward 5 Councilor Marchi Bruni, two of the seven city council members who voted to approve the 2017 Budget, are interested in hearing about a Resolution to eliminate the cuts that were approved, and lowering the increase in property taxes to 3.43%
The five City Councilors who voted against the 2017 Budget have not yet been contacted.
The good new is that Councilor Bruni and Councilor Christian plus the five City Councilors who voted against the 2017 Budget give us upset citizens a voting majority of City Council 🙂
Things are looking very good.
And Mayor Provenzano and CFO Schell should have no problem supporting this Resolution because it is 100% financially sound, and 100% citizen beneficial.
Come down to City Hall, or watch your bank account fall.
If you don’t show up City Council will think you don’t care.
Mark Andrew Brown
Citizen of Sault Ste. Marie