Regina’s financial future will be made clear Monday night.
City council will sit to deliberate the 2019 Municipal Budget, where several matters are expected to deliberated on.
One of those things is a decrease in the city’s mill rate, something Mayor Michael Fougere hopes to see for residents.
“Right now, it’s at 4.7%,” he said. “To break it down a bit, it’s 3.7% for general operations for the city and one percent that goes exclusively to local roads.”
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Fougere noted it’s important for council to ensure they’re spending taxpayers dollars wisely, including investing in priorities such as infrastructure and investing in safe communities.
“Those things are different levels of investment that are critical to what makes us a great city.”
Community Associations in Regina seeking funding increase
One person who will be in the gallery at City Hall is Shayna Stock.
She’s from the Heritage Association and one of many representatives from Regina’s community associations attending in support of a motion seeking more funding for them. The motion has backing from a few councillors, with Andrew Stevens, Joel Murray and Barbara Young each co-signing it.
Stock said their funding has been stagnant for the past 11 years.
“Our costs have gone up, like all people and organizations costs have gone up through inflation. So, as our funding remains the same, we actually have fewer dollars.”
The fewer dollars, noted Stock, is proof a 19% funding decrease in real terms as result of the levelled out funding. In 2019, Stock said they’re seeking a 20% increase in their funding to account for the money that was lost in real terms.