Tyler Marr

The proposed 2018 tax increase has been whittled down to 1.53 per cent over its initial 2 per cent ask from administration.
The proposed 2018 tax increase has been whittled down to 1.53 per cent over its initial 2 per cent ask from administration. Tyler Marr/paNOW Staff

Tax hike chiseled down, small surplus in 2018 budget for now

By Tyler Marr
November 19, 2017 - 5:04pm Updated: November 20, 2017 - 8:21am

The numbers have been crunched following the first set of public budget deliberations and the city's books are a bit lighter then they were going in.

Mayor Greg Dionne speaks on the proposed salary freeze over rollback for city council, as Finance Director Steve Brown listens on.
Mayor Greg Dionne speaks on the proposed salary freeze over rollback for city council, as Finance Director Steve Brown listens on. Tyler Marr/paNOW Staff

Councillors freeze salary for 2018, add 1% boost for union staff bargaining

By Tyler Marr
November 19, 2017 - 3:38pm

In a move to send a message the city rejects provincial cuts, council has frozen their wage for 2018, bucking the government example of a 3.5 per cent rollback.

In 1872, Reverend James Nisbet set up a missionary in the heart of the prairies and named it after Queen Victoria’s deceased husband, Prince Albert. The man built the Nisbet Church and used it as the first church and schoolhouse for the area.
In 1872, Reverend James Nisbet set up a missionary in the heart of the prairies and named it after Queen Victoria’s deceased husband, Prince Albert. The man built the Nisbet Church and used it as the first church and schoolhouse for the area. Glenn Hicks/paNOW Staff

Future of Nisbet Church unclear after budget talks

By Tyler Marr
November 19, 2017 - 9:02am

The future of what is believed to be the second oldest buildings in Saskatchewan is up in the air after the topic received a heavy spotlight during general budget deliberations.

After a number of care homes saw a nearly 200 per cent tax bill hike in 2017, council will explore the creation of a new fee structure for personal care homes during 2018 budget talks.
After a number of care homes saw a nearly 200 per cent tax bill hike in 2017, council will explore the creation of a new fee structure for personal care homes during 2018 budget talks. Tyler Marr/paNOW Staff

Tax changes for care homes to come in 2018

By Tyler Marr
November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm Updated: November 17, 2017 - 1:34pm

A number of care homes in 2017 were moved from a residential tax bracket to commercial and some saw a nearly 200 per cent tax increase.

While very few external agencies asked for increases in their municipal grant requests, it is unlikely those who did will see them according to the Mayor.
While very few external agencies asked for increases in their municipal grant requests, it is unlikely those who did will see them according to the Mayor. Tyler Marr/paNOW Staff

Many external agencies hold the line in 2018 grant requests

By Tyler Marr
November 16, 2017 - 11:08pm Updated: November 17, 2017 - 8:28am

With a tight budget and proposed two per cent tax hike already on the table for the city, it came as little surprise most external agencies declined increases in their 2018 funding asks.

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