Edmonton taxpayers will see their taxes go up 5.4 per cent in 2012.
The increase was passed Tuesday by a majority of councillors at Edmonton city hall.
The tax increase means an average homeowner will see their taxes go up by $93, $16 more than what was originally proposed.
Part of the increase — 0.75% — includes debt-servicing for the new Walterdale Bridge, the cost of buying land for the expansion of the LRT and a new police training facility.
Coun. Kerry Diotte, who failed earlier Tuesday to get his council colleagues to agree to nearly $2.8 million in proposed cuts, cast the dissenting vote.
"The majority of people I've heard from say they'd be okay with a modest tax hike that covers inflation, that's predicted by administration to be just 2.7 per cent in 2012," Diotte said. "We must try harder to run the city more like a business."
But Mayor Stephen Mandel rejected that suggestion.
"There's no question that we can cut and cut and cut and cut," Mandel told council.
"But I can tell you, for every person that says don't spend, I have hundreds that tell me that, 'I want to have proper service in my neighbourhood. I want a recreation centre. I want a new pool in Borden Park. I want the kind of things that make my life part of this city and about a great future.'"
City taxpayers will also pay an extra $85 next year in waste-management and drainage fees.
Over the last week, council restored a number of cuts proposed by administration to keep the tax rate at 4.5 per cent.
Council voted against cutting $504,000 from the budget for planting annual flowers and shrubs and decided to keep $300,000 for picking up litter along boulevards and arterial roads.
They also voted against a proposed $200,000 cut for winter trail maintenance. Councillors also decided against trimming $960,000 from the transit budget.