Saskatoon ratepayers are looking at a 4.4-percent property tax increase in 2019.
The figure is a tenth-of-a-percent lower than the projected budget after council trimmed about 250-thousand dollars from the 2019 business plan following a line-by-line review.
The increase translates to an extra 79-dollars-and-50 cents for the year for the average homeowner or about $6.50 a month.
Councillor Randy Donauer was unhappy with the increase and wants the measures approved to make the city more efficient to deliver, stating he doesn’t want residents to face another tax hike like this one.
Among items approved during the two days of budget deliberations were the police budget of about 100-million dollars and an increase of just over 3-percent for the Remai Modern Art Museum.
Its budget which was approved in a 6-5 vote, included over 100-thousand dollars each for full time Indigenous Relations and Computer Tech Managers as well as close to 53-thousand dollars for a part-time Human Resource Manager
Topping the list of 71-million dollars in capital projects is 13.5 million in improvements to the Sid Buckwold Bridge as the asphalt surface will be replaced and the pedestrian walkway widened.
Councillors spent about two hours on Tuesday debating recycling and waste collection issues and the discussion isn’t about to end.
After the city budget was passed Councillor Darren Hill announced he will move the decision to have curb side waste collection funded as a utility be rescinded at the December 17th meeting.