Budget discussions coming up next week

By Cheryl Jahn
February 8, 2019 - 3:26pm Updated: February 8, 2019 - 5:36pm

PRINCE GEORGE - It costs $137 million to run the City of Prince George and, next Monday and Wednesday, Mayor and Council will hash out ways to find this money.

That's when the budget will be discussed, starting with the capital budget.

Back in December, Council was presented with some preliminary numbers and it was suggested that the City will require a tax hike of 5%. But that did not fly and Administration was directed to come back with some options and the impacts a hike of 3, 4, and five percent would have on services.

Ultimately, the Finance and Audit Committee settled on a four percent hike.

And that is what will be looked at next week.

"The budget is at four percent but there are some service enhancements, though, for Council's consideration," explains Kris Dalio, the Director of Finance. "Should they decide to approve those, it could go up slightly. I believe if all three service enhancements are approved, it would go to 4.3%."  

Those three requests include the creation of a Community Cultural Plan at $75,000, an All-Wheels Park at Blackburn for $90,000 and two seasonal workers to man Masich Place Stadium at $101,800.

 

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