Provincial Politics

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.

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