Regina City Council will resume their budget debate Tuesday night at city hall.
This comes after an opening night of budget talks that began with four hours of delegation, much of which related to the potential closure of Maple Leaf pool.
Mayor Michael Fougere said the goal of council is to improve service, not take away from it.
“I want to make sure we have the best possible services for Regina residents, that’s why we’re here as council,” Fougere said. “It’s not to take something away, it’s to fix something and make it better for the future.”
Fougere says 28 delegations for the budget, 18 of which to try and save Maple Leaf pool, shows people are engaged.
“It shows that democracy works and that it’s great to hear what people have to say; this is what it’s all about,” Fougere said. “You don’t have this process for the province or federal government at all, you walk in off the street, just give a little bit of notice and you can talk about whatever you want to talk about in the budget. That is direct democracy and I think it’s great.”
Fougere said council will work to see if they can lower both the 4.7% mill rate and 3% utility rate increases.
“I think it’s prudent that we watch taxpayers money,” Fougere said. “What I’m hearing, and not just because John Hopkins said it, but I hear it across the city, people are concerned about the increase, the rate of increase, and the amount of increase for this year, and I tend to agree with that. I think that we need to be prudent and we can’t be everything for everyone; we have to make choices.”
Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 5:30 PM at Henry Baker Hall.