Kenora city councillors are tackling the spring budget again this morning. It's turned out to be a tough first go around for Mayor Dan Reynard and his council, as they're trying to keep tax increases to a more reasonable level.
In recent years, the city has actually been reducing their spending, because they recognize assessments have continued to rise for most home owners.
In 2018, the city raised $25.4 million through its tax levy, an increase of 2.56 per cent from 2017. Each percentage point is estimated to be worth $245,000.
For a home valued at $175,500 -- middle of the pack in the 2018 market -- the bill was for $2,443, about $52 dollars than in 2017 or a 2.6 per cent increase over last year's bill of $2,390.49 on a property that was worth $166,750.
Considering last year's property value assessment went up 5.25 per cent, it meant council actually decreased city spending, in order to reduce the impact on home owners. According to city staff, 37 per cent of the bill -- equal to $784 -- goes towards other organizations.
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