Kenora's new mayor and council will be looking at the books today.
"We'll have the art gallery coming on line, the new splash pad, those will push up operating costs," says Dan Reynard, who succeeds Dave Canfield at the head of the council chambers."We also have our union contracts, which are negotiated. So, there are always increases."
"We know with the 2019 operating budget, our policing costs are going up. The calls for service, we have some underlying issues in the city," Reynard noted.
Today's agenda includes the city's capital budget for road repairs and building maintenance.
"There's been a lot of calls for repairing Railway Street. Well, that project's estimated at over $4.5 million. That's would almost be our entire capital budget," the mayor said.
"We do not want to see a cut in services to anybody. So, we need to balance the taxes we raise with the services provided," the mayor added.
Water and sewer rates are also at the top of the agenda.
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