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Fort St. John tax hike outlined on Monday night

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Photo: Director of Finance, Laura Sanders, outlines the 2010 Operating Budget, as members of the public look on – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

By Christine Rumleskie

 

A proposed 2.5 per cent tax increase didn’t draw many Fort St. John residents to City Hall on Monday.

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Around 15 spectators attended the public meeting on the 2010 Operating Budget.

Acting Mayor Bruce Christensen says no questions were asked during the discussion period, so that could be a sign that the budget is on the right track.

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The budget includes several new City staffing positions. In 2009, council approved jobs like a full time planner, two full time firefighters, and a full time community energy manager. Along with several other proposed positions, the budget expenditures would increase by $982,000.

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The City has also penciled-in almost $1.7 million for regular public transit. Staff report that January’s ridership was up 29% from last January, mainly due to the route changes. Fare revenue is expected to help offset some of the City’s contribution this year. And, the Province helps through a $765,000 subsidy.

Other highlights of the Operating Budget include $1.6 million for the maintenance of the Enerplex and $1.3 million for snow removal and sanding.

However, not everyone was pleased with the looming tax hike. Spectator Theresa Mucchi-Rodgers, an unsuccessful candidate in the 2008 civic election, says the city should find a way to have no tax increase this year.

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She adds the City should start using the Fair Share money for much needed capital projects, instead of using 4.97% of the money this year for operational costs.

Mucchi-Rodgers encourages everyone to get involved in the budget deliberations before the budget is finalized in the near future.

For a copy of the 2010 operating budget, click on the attachments below.

 

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