This meeting picked up where the 2010 Budget Finalization meeting from the previous day left off. Councillors were still equally divided on the issue of how much of a tax increase to issue. All were agreed that extra money had to go into roads maintenance taking the arrived on tax increase from 3.7% to almost 7% with the solution on the table. Motions were put on the table 4 times to come up with a compromise but drew a divided vote each time. Finally they came up with a scenario that took $100,000 from discretionary reserves and an extra $25,000 of new revenue from the tax payers to arrive at a tax increase of 4.5% for the 2010 tax year. Initially, roads maintenance was to receive half a million dollars this fiscal. The present solution will see $425,000. going towards roads in the 2010 budget year.
The Mayor towards the end of the meeting issued a cautionary observation that the "we", the Municipality, are living beyond our means. At varying points during the meeting Mayor Turner, Councillor Hooper and CAO Slegtenhorst stated or inferred that the upcoming two day strategic sessions would in part center around this and other fiscal matters.
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