City eyes next budget hurdle

City of Prince Albert. -- Herald file photo.

With the 2017 Prince Albert city budget officially put to rest, city councillors can now turn their attention to an even bigger monster that needs slaying.

Due to provincial cuts, the city faces a $3.5 million shortfall in 2018, and with preliminary budget discussions already underway, Mayor Greg Dionne says city residents need to be prepared for any number of changes.

“Everything is on the table,” he said during an interview on Friday.

Prince Albert was one of the few Saskatchewan communities not to raise taxes in light of the recent provincial budget, but that could change next year.

Dionne said they want to hold the tax increase at 1.5 per cent for 2018, which would be the same increase city councillors agreed on for this year’s budget. However, he added that there is a possibility for more.

For the rest of this story, please see the April 29 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.

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Jason Kerr is a reporter with the Prince Albert Daily Herald. You can reach him at 306-764-4276 ext. 248, by email at jason.kerr@paherald.sk.ca or on Twitter @kerr_jas. His latest articles can be found at https://paherald.sk.ca/author-jasonkerr/.