Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield says they're still putting the finishing touches on this year's budget.

"The staff are still working on it to get it down to where it's palatable," he said.

The mayor hopes to limit the mill rate increase to the rate of inflation. He added more increases in property assessments are creating headaches for council.

"Housing are going up, because there's not a surplus of housing here. So, houses are selling higher and higher," he said, noting this year's increase in assessment is about four per cent.

As a result, Canfield is hoping to again drop spending at city hall, in order to counter assessment increases.

"People aren't stupid. They know, if my assessment goes up 10 per cent, but I hold the line on taxes, you've still got a 10 per cent increase," he said.

Home owners in Kenora saw their property taxes go up about $91 last year. With the increase in assessment, a home owner paid about $2,630 in taxes on a home worth about $210,000 in 2017. In 2016, the same home was worth about $200,000, and the owner paid $2,539 in taxes.

A mill rate for this year's property taxes is expected to be announced next month.

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