Cities across Saskatchewan are crunching the numbers to prepare for their 2018 budgets and some are planning tax hikes.
People in Swift Current could see a big bump in their property taxes in the new year.
The city unveiled its proposed budget for 2018, and it includes a more than 13 per cent property tax increase. The average property owner will be paying about $16.25 more per month.
The budget includes a plan to knock down part of the city’s debt, and some will be used to cover cuts to the grants-in-lieu program and revenue-sharing from the province.
Moose Jaw is also looking at a tax increase of four per cent next year. If approved, that would mean the average homeowner would pay an additional $52.
According to DiscoverMooseJaw.com, the city said the increase is meant to cover reduced funding from the province while keeping up services. Inflation and newly ratified contracts with city employees also account for some of the increase.
Moose Jaw and Regina are preparing to invest in improvements to the shared Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant. Regina has approved a two per cent hike to utility rates to help pay for it.
—with files from www.discovermoosejaw.com and www.swiftcurrentonline.com