2015 will be challenging year for Municipal budgets
January 13, 2015
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After sharpening their pencils and whittling away at the 2015
draft Operating Budget, Saugeen Shores staff brought it back to
Council again on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
Treasurer Kate Allan
From budget deliberations, there are several factors that will
make 2015 a challenging budget year:
A change of a 1% increase in the tax levy will result in
Then, there are the many requests by citizens for things such as: more bike racks in the downtowns, snow removal in the Tourist Camps, increased WiFi at the Harbour, adding a sidewalk on Summerhill Rd. in Southampton, add sidewalks in Port Elgin, blue box collection in the downtown cores, winter garbage collection in parks & trails and .... the list goes on.
Each department head brought his or her budget to the table, including 2014 achievements, 2015 goals and challenges.
After a full day of examining each area, Council arrived at a revised 'draft' Operating budget that is now at 6.28 per cent (6.28%) but it is anticipated, in the next 'go around' in February that the number will again change. The Capital Budget is also yet to be presented for approval.
Mayor Mike Smith
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015