Council approves budget- rate increase less than national inflation

Tax Box at City Hall (Dan Gray/

After almost two hours of deliberation tonigh, five hours of presentations, and questions last night, the numbers are in.

If the Police Service Board doesn’t come back with savings at the January council meeting, Sault Ste. Marie residents will be on the hook for an over 4.3 percent tax increase. The national inflation rate as of October was 4.7 percent.

That breaks down to 1.35 percent for what the city can control and 3.02 from outside boards. The latter includes the current over 10 percent increase to the police budget.

This evening started with a 1.12 percent raise in the municipal portion of the budget. However, after councillors added some projects and declined others that rose to the 1.35 percent.

SaultOnline/ONNTV will dissect further the discussions around the budget over the next next few days.

The city provided to us what was added, which was passed unanimously.

Items added to the budget in 2022 by council members.

Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to bring decisions from council which affect your pocketbook.