The Brandon School Division has proposed a tax hike that if approved would be the highest in the province this year.
The division wants an 8.5 per cent increase in school property taxes.
Mark Sefton, the division’s chair, said the increase is necessary to accommodate a rapidly growing student population.
He said more than 500 students have enrolled this year and next year combined.
Freezing school taxes would have been impossible for the division to survive, said Sefton.
If there were a freeze, the division would have had to cut $4.5 million in services.
"When you’ve got growing enrollment — rapidly growing enrollment — you can’t cut $4.5 million in programs and services," said Sefton.
The division has cut the number of new staff originally requested in half and cut their book budget to keep the requested hike at 8.5 per cent.