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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Brockton Budget Talks Underway

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

The the 2017 tax increase could be somewhere between 1.9 and 2 per cent.

Over the next two days Brockton councillors and department heads will be going over the budget line by line in an effort to find any savings.

Mayor David Inglis says setting a budget is never easy and that is why so much work and time goes into budget deliberation sessions.

Inglis thinks the cost of living should be the target for any levy increase.

He says that would put the tax increase somewhere between 1.9 to 2 per cent.

Inglis says whether or not that can be achieved is still unknown.

He calls it a delicate balancing act, trying to keep the increase to a minimum while still providing the services residents expect and rely on.

Inglis adds it doesn't pay to put off important capital or infrastructure projects either because you end up playing catch up later with a much bigger tax increase.

Inglis expects to get a lot accomplished during Tuesday and Wednesday's budget sessions.

He fully expects a finalized budget to be set and ready to go before council for final approval in January.

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