Monday, December 15, 2014

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: A proposed 3.62 per cent tax hike

Increases galore in preliminary 2015 operating budget

Council listens to the presentation of the
preliminary 2015 operating budget presented
at the Dec. 15, 2014 council meeting.
Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
By Lisa Goudy

Residents can likely expect to see a sizeable tax increase this year.

In the operating and capital budget reports from Matt Noble, city manager, and Brian Acker, director of financial services, presented to council at Monday’s meeting – the last council meeting of the year – it recommended an increase in taxation revenue of 3.62 per cent to make up for the $825,693-shortfall in the 2015 operating budget. This would mean residents would pay an additional $41 in property tax for 2015.

“(It) represents a budget which maintains the same programs and services as 2014 and also provides funding for several initiatives that are aligned with the city’s overall goals and needs,” said Acker.

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