Saskatoon

Saskatoon council to begin budget deliberations

City councillors in Saskatoon begin budget deliberations today. Administrators are proposing a 7.32 per cent tax increase.

Council will try to trim proposed 7.32 per cent tax hike

Saskatoon's city council members are set to examine the 2015 budget. (CBC)

Saskatoon city councillors are looking at trimming a proposed 7.32 per cent property tax hike today. 

CBC Saskatoon's David Shield and Peter Mills are tweeting live from city council chambers. View the tweets below. 

The biggest portion of that increase, 2.92 per cent, is a dedicated levy for roadways. And some councillors say they don't want to reduce that because road maintenance is a big priority.  

There's a proposal to cut back garbage collection from weekly to once every two weeks. But there's debate about that too. Some people are worried about increased smell during summer months.

So councillors will be reviewing a variety of other things, including the increase to policing, fees for transit fares, leisure services and new positions at city hall.

Some councillors say they'd prefer to keep the tax increase in the 4 to 5 per cent range.

Budget deliberations are set for today and tomorrow. 

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