2019 Preliminary Budget Shows Tax Hike

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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:

  • Transit
  • 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.


  1. The apathy and blame game really are not excusable as neither the continued mismanagement no matter the enablers.

  2. Certain people can find work in this city so why wasnt the welfare people made to take these jobs/ dont make it so easy and comfortable for them and dont tend to their every need they might go to work/ i heard they even get a cell phone paid for just in case they get a call to go to work after pretending to hand out resumes/also furniture etc./ i didnt know i was that nice a person as a taxpayer/for those with kids run a day care/ they can either go to work or help work at daycare/the amount if money they get has many of us who do work very frustrated/ they get alot more than i make working full time/ i am sure i am not the only one who feels this way/ ask any bank teller you know they will tell you/ they make more than they do too/ welfare should be temporary not a way of life

  3. If you made some of those lazy welfare people work, you wouldn’t need to raise taxes. I think there is far to many young people living off the working. Welfare system needs fixing.

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