The first draft of the 2019 City Budget was presented before City Council during Monday night’s meeting. This budget will propose a tax hike of 3.57 per cent.
The tax increase is to allow the city to continue the same level of service they maintained in 2018, according to a briefing document prepared by city staff.
The budget is usually whittled down by City Council. The 2019 budget calls for $4 million in increased spending. Out of that, $1.2 million is expected to come from city boards that are out of council’s control, such as the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
Chief Administrative Officer Al Horsman, Shelley Schell, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and Jacob Bruzas, Manager of Audits and Capital Planning, presented the 2019 preliminary budget, which included both the operating and capital budgets. Tessa Vecchio, Corporate Communications Officer for the City, presented a video highlighting the services the 2018 budget helped offer and maintain throughout the city.
These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Waste Collection
- Snow Removal
- Emergency Services
- The Boardwalk
- The Christmas Tree Lighting; and more
The presentation was just to table the budget, discussions will take place during the Budget Deliberation Meeting to bed held Feb. 4.
Final budget approval will take place in March.
The City is hosting a Budget Session Open House on Wednesday, January 16 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre in the Russ Ramsay Board Room. Citizens can also provide feedback via Facecbook, Twitter, by email, or by calling or mailing in to the Finance Department directly. Click here for more information.