Regina city councillors will head back city hall for the second night in a row, this time to talk about money.
City council will meet Tuesday night to discuss the 2018-19 budget, which includes a proposed property tax increase of 4.86 per cent — which works out to $7.70 more a month for a home valued at $350,000. Of that increase, three per cent is directly related to cuts made in the last provincial budget.
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere is hopeful they can find a way to reduce the impact on taxpayers.
“There are motions in some cases to add to the budget and some cases to reduce the budget but I would hope we would reduce it,” Fougere told the 980 CJME Morning Show.
He said if the mill rate increase stays the same, it will be an 11.3 per cent increase over two years.
“It is a lot and I think it’s a lot for taxpayers to go forward with.”
While Fougere admitted he doesn’t know what’s going to happen with this year’s provincial budget, he said Premier Scott Moe has promised it won’t contain as many surprises as the last one.
The budget meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and 10 delegates are expected to speak for and against different aspects of the proposed budget.