City Council has instructed City staff to look for ways that the Administration’s proposed tax increases for 2020 and 2021 could be made lower. Their initial projections to maintain civic services involved raises of 3.94% and 4.17% for 2020 and 2021, and the admin has been asked to come up with options for how these numbers can be lowered.
The ongoing search for financial savings at City Hall is encouraging, but there is work left to do. Through conversations, emails, social media messages and phone calls, I am continuing to hear from citizens that they are concerned about potential tax increases and the financial situation of the City of Saskatoon. The people of Saskatoon are expecting us to make sure that their tax dollars are spent wisely and with the largest impact possible.