Council council approves 2021 budget

City Hall

After over a 4-hour meeting council has decided to increase the levy by 1.57 percent for the part of the budget they control.

It started the night at 2.12 percent.

Councillors sharpened their pencils and took some money out. However, the Mayor presented the biggest cash savings.

He suggested taking away $500,000 from winter control services because what was on the budget didn’t meet the actual totals for the past five years. He noted there was a reserve in place if they went over budget this year.

Money was taken from a line item for student employment to the tune of $90,000 as well as an inflationary budget increase of 1 per cent of capital reserves was removed. Money was also saved in a few other places.

There were additions made to having an electrician apprentice with the city as well as getting a concrete crushing company to come in over the next three years. Other additions were made throughout the evening.

“I hope the community can see a real effort by councillors and staff to provide the services we are expected to provide,” said Provenzano at the end of the meeting. “At the same time being sensitive to the costs of those services, I want to thank everybody.”

SaultOnline will carry more stories going forward about the budget in’s and outs as reaction comes in.