City of Saskatoon proposes property tax hike of 3.86%

The City of Saskatoon released its 2010 Preliminary Operating Budget today titled, “Investing in Today, Preparing for Tomorrow.” According to the city’s website, “This theme speaks to the need of helping people live a good quality of life, where local services are delivered effectively and at a reasonable cost.  It also speaks to the need to plan a city that is sustainable, liveable, and prosperous today and well into the future. This is reflected in investments that enhance the quality of life for our citizens, improve mobility within our community, and protect our environment for current and future generations.”

If the budget is ultimately passed, a 3.86 percent property tax hike will be required to fund the initiatives which include a $1 million dollar increase for snow removal, a $1.5 million increase for policing and $750,000 in added transit services to new neighbourhoods.

The preliminary budget will be tabled with the Budget Committee for deliberation on Wednesday, April 14, starting at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

View the City of SaskatoonPreliminary Operating Budget here. Read the Star Phoenix coverage here.

Update: April 15 - Council decides not to trim budget-for now; 3.96% tax hike proposed

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