The City of Regina has balanced the books in this years budget, with a 1.7 percent increase over 2017
However, that will mean a 4.86 percent mill rate increase, which includes a previously approved one percent increase for the Residential Roads Renewal Program.
This means Regina tax payers will pay an average of $7.70 more on average per-month.
City Manager Chris Holden says the city did their best to try and continue the services they provide.
“We’ve worked very hard to look at opportunities to find efficiencies, look at different ways of delivering our program or service,” Holden says. “The majority of those reductions are reductions that we are able to sustain in the future, and they will not have a direct impact on the level of services that citizens receive.”
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Holden says there are some cost reductions from last year that are not taking effect this year.
“In last year’s amended budget, there were two lists of programs and service, one was ongoing cost reductions, and the other was the one-time cost reductions,” Holden says. “All of the one-time cost reduction have been reinstated in the 2018 budget.”
Infrastructure investment is on the rise as well for 2018, with 132 million dollars to be invested in major projects including the street infrastructure renewal program, a waste management centre, and transit fleet maintenance facility.
The budget will need to be approved by council in late February, where it will also be subject to change.
(Files from Drew Postey)