DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Council will be looking for any and all savings on Monday, Jan. 25 when they begin 2016 municipal Operating budget deliberations.
At a recent education and training session, Councillors were shown a preliminary budget that included a tax increase of 3.29 per cent. However, Mayor Tom Rowett said that he is sure that Council will be able find areas of cost savings to bring that increase down.
“We want to maintain existing services while finding cost savings in other areas. The idea is to come as close to inflation as possible,” he said.
Mayor Rowett also said that it will be helpful to Council when the new CAO takes the position sometime in February, replacing Ian Roger.
“One of the criteria during the recruiting process was we were looking for somebody who has had successes in alternative revenue sources, as well as with municipal networking.”
The Mayor added that there are some savings options that won’t be in the budget yet, but will help going forward such as LED streetlight conversion.
On Monday, Dec. 7, Councillors approved a 2016 capital budget of about $9.1 million, an increase of spending of about $13,500 from the previous year.
In 2015, council approved a 1.99 per cent municipal tax increase.
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