While the federal government makes its budget known Tuesday afternoon, Regina city council willtry to finalize and vote on the municipal budget Tuesday night.
Administration has already advised a 4.86% mill rate increase for this year, which would mean Regina tax payers would pay an average of $7.70 more per month.
Mayor Michael Fougere says he’s anticipating a lengthy discussion as to how funds will be used for the next 12 months.
“It’s going to be quite the discussion, we have some delegations, we have 11 people with their own thoughts on how they want to go forward, so we’ll have a good discussion.”
The proposed mill rate increase includes a pre-approved 1% increase which goes directly to a Residential Roads Renewal Program.
Fougere says the mill rate is something he and councillors should take seriously in this budget.
“I would say we need to be very cautious about the mill rate,” Fougere says. “The actual budget itself, maintains services, it doesn’t cut back services. We found $9 Million in savings, that’s all well and good, but if you look at the mill rate increase last year and this year, that’s 11.3% in about a year and a half, that’s a lot.”
In the proposed budget, infrastructure spending is on the rise, with $132 Million being invested in large projects such as a street infrastructure renewal program.