The 2019 budget sessions for Saugeen Shores have begun.
Town staff are confident that a blended tax rate hike of 3% will be the result after discussions.
A blended rate takes into account the municipal, county and school board levies.
Mayor Luke Charbonneau says a 3% blended tax rate would mean an increase of $102.60 on an average assessed home of $310,000.
Charbonneau says not all the numbers are in yet and the county and school board budgets haven't been set, so there's still a chance for change, either up or down.
Some staff could be added in 2019, either brand new or changing a part time staff to a full time position.
Council did approve looking into hiring a permanent Economic Development Officer as the town continues to grow and a wider industrial base is needed in the town.
Staff will come back with a revised look at the operating budget in the weeks ahead.
Council will deal with the capital budget requests on January 22nd.