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Property owners in Saskatoon could face a 7.26 per cent hike in taxes, unless council finds ways to trim the proposed 2014 budget. (CBC)

Members of city council in Saskatoon return to work Wednesday for a second day of deliberations on a budget for 2014.

Council members have been combing through a proposal that would see a 7.26 per cent increase to property taxes. That works out to an additional $105 for a house valued at  $320,000.

Most of the increase in revenue is earmarked for road repairs, as well as snow removal and street sweeping.

On Tuesday, during the first day of budget meetings, council members did not find any items to trim.

Mayor Don Atchison said that should come as no surprise.

"I can tell you that the tax increase that we're talking about right now is not painless," Atchison said Tuesday. "They understand that, but the citizens have spoken about the roads and that."

Atchison said council is responding to public demand for improvements.

"I don't know of anyone who wants to pay more taxes," he said. "This coming spring I'm going to get a tax notice that's going to tell me that my taxes went up again. And by the same token I know I'm going to get more service for it and so you know you're accepting of it."

In Tuesday's line by line review there was a motion to trim back spending on snow dumps by $50,000. But that proposal was defeated.

More transportation items are up for discussion today, including sound barriers along roadways.

Policing is another major item on today's agenda.  The service accounts for about one-fifth of the city's total operating expenditures, and it is seeking a 5.5 per cent budget increase.

A final vote on Saskatoon's 2014 budget is expected Wednesday afternoon.

Along with a property tax increase, people in the city could also have a raft of other increases in store, including higher bus fares, utility rates, and admission fees to recreation facilities.

With files from CBC's Kathy Fitzpatrick