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Council passes 2018 budget

Posted on Tuesday December 19, 2017

City Council approved the 2018 City of St. Catharines operating budget after a public meeting Monday night (Dec. 18).

City Council passed the City’s 2018 operating budget with an increase close to the rate of inflation at 1.67 per cent for the City’s part of the property tax bill. That means the average property owner with a home worth $238,000 will pay about $25 more than last year in City property taxes.

“The 2018 City budget supports our strategic plan, is in line with inflation and matches the priorities we’ve heard from the public to maintain services and invest in economic development,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Thanks to the Budget Standing Committee, Chair Siscoe and staff for their hard work – and to the public for their input into the 2018 budget – and for getting it done in record time.”

The total property tax bill, which includes taxes for Niagara Region, local education and the City, is estimated to increase by 2.58 per cent. The 2018 City of St. Catharines budget makes up about 43 per cent of the overall property tax bill and provides the City with more than $113 million to fund programs and services, such as fire protection, park maintenance, public transit, community centres and more. The City budget also includes a one per cent infrastructure levy to maintain and repair City roads, buildings, trees, parks and other infrastructure.

“Residents were very clear about what they were willing to accept and I’m proud that the Budget Standing Committee and City staff were able to accomplish that while maintaining service levels, investing in economic development and enhancing financial sustainability,” said Coun. Mat Siscoe, chair of the Budget Standing Committee. “This budget is progressive and moves us towards City Council’s goal of being the most dynamic, innovative, sustainable and livable city in North America.”

The City’s Budget Standing Committee meets year-round to support long-term budgeting. The committee met 13 times between April and December and reached out to residents and stakeholders for feedback through community consultations, two open houses and the annual telephone town hall.

Visit www.stcatharines.ca/budget for more information about the 2018 Operating Budget.

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