Prop­erty taxes could go up 3.6 per cent

Any lower would a ect front-line ser­vices: O cials

StarMetro Edmonton - - Your Essential Daily News - Kevin Maimann

Prop­erty taxes are likely to go up more than last year, but less than pre­dicted.

The City of Ed­mon­ton’s ad­min­is­tra­tion re­leased its 2018 sup­ple­men­tal op­er­at­ing bud­get ad­just­ment Thurs­day, which pro­poses a prop­erty tax in­crease of 3.6 per cent.

That’s higher than last year’s 2.8 per cent in­crease, but lower than the 4.8 per cent jump ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­jected in the spring.

City man­ager Linda Cochrane said it’s the low­est the city can go with­out af­fect­ing front-line ser­vices.

“There’s still growth in the city, there’s still lots of ac­tiv­ity and lots of ex­pec­ta­tions from cit­i­zens around the ser­vices that they have. We think we’ve done ev­ery­thing we can to offer the low­est pos­si­ble tax in­crease,” Cochrane said.

Of­fi­cials say it would work out to an $85 in­crease for the av­er­age sin­gle-fam­ily dwelling.

City coun­cil still needs to de­bate the bud­get, so the num­ber could change. Of the pro­posed in­crease, 1.4 per cent would fund neigh­bour­hood re­newal, end­ing 10 years of in­creases to com­plete the pro­gram.

An­other 1.1 per cent would go to­ward main­tain­ing and adding new ser­vices, 1 per cent to po­lice, 0.8 per cent to growth in in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices, and 0.6 per cent for the Val­ley Line LRT.

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