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Whitehorse mayor says proposed tax increase lowest in more than a decade

Whitehorse city council is to vote on an $88 million operations and maintenance budget for 2021.

Dan Curtis says proposed property tax increase for 2021 is 0.34 per cent, or $9, on the average home

Whitehorse city council will hear public input before an expected budget vote on Feb. 8. (Dave Croft/CBC)

The City of Whitehorse is planning to spend more than $88 million in its operations and maintenance budget this year.

That's about $3 million higher than last year's budget.

Mayor Dan Curtis said there's a slight increase proposed for residential property taxes.

"I am pleased to announce that the proposed property tax increase for 2021 is 0.34 per cent on the average home. That is the lowest increase in well over a decade," Curtis said.

He said the average homeowner will pay $9 more in taxes this year.

Curtis said there is no increase in water and sewer fees.

The budget documents say residential garbage pick-up is going up from $12.60 to $12.95 per month.

There will also be a standard two per cent increase on recreation fees for using the arenas and the pool.

A position has been created to increase energy efficiency in city operations. A new bylaw officer will help do more in-depth investigations. 

Public input is now open on the budget. The council will receive a report on the public's feedback at its Feb. 1 meeting with final approval of the budget expected on Feb. 8.

A capital budget for 2021 of about $31 million has already been approved. It's likely to go up over the year as the federal and territorial governments approve funding for various city projects.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story quoted the mayor as saying new staff would be hired to spur land development, but a city spokesperson says new jobs have not been created.
    Jan 13, 2021 4:45 PM CT

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