Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield's looking to keep taxes low, and he spent the day yesterday with council trying to cut a 3.7 per cent increase in property tax bills down to a more reasonable level.

"It's not sustainable. We have to get down to about 2.5," he said, during a break in yesterday's budget meeting.

In making the calculation, the mayor's taking into account an average increase in property assessments.

"There's almost two per cent of that we have no control over, at all," the mayor added.

The municipal property tax bill for residential ratepayers also includes levies for school boards, health unit, district services board.

In order to get from 3.7 per cent to 2.5 per cent, the mayor was hoping to cut one per cent for capital projects, as he thinks it'll be made up for in gas tax and provincial grants. The remaining .2 per cent he hoped to find by going through the latest draft budget with a fine tooth comb.

Since the spending estimates aren't on the agenda for this month's committee of the whole, it isn't likely the 2018 budget will be passed before June.

Last year's media property valued at about $166,000 moved up $175,000 this year. Based on the draft presented during yesterday's meeting, this property owner's bill would go up by about $80.

 

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