Spallumcheen councilors took another crack at reducing the tax burden that property owners in their municipality will be facing this year.
They started at a rate of 2.42% and after four hours believe they have it now down to between 2 and 2.25%.
Mayor Janice Brown says they reduced their snow removal budget for next year and found money there to save taxpayers money.
“We have topped off our reserve of $175,000 and we have a policy that it can’t go over $175,000, so it had gone up to $191,000, so we were able to take the $16,000 and move it over to general revenue.”
Brown says a purchase of two new trucks with bigger blades have made snow removal much more efficient in Spallumcheen.
“Our Public Works manager said instead of going over the roads two times up and two times back, they were able to up and down one time only, so they were realizing some big savings in not having to go up and down the roads to much.”
Brown says there will be a public hearing coming up in February…but the bulk of the big cuts have been done.
“We’re trying to make everything so that everything is maintained, roads and everything, and still start dropping our budget as we get new growth in Spallumcheen. Our new growth this year, we don’t know what we’re going to realize from that, but we are pretty happy with the budget.”
Brown says it could go even lower with cuts to some grants and aid support, while the Township still doesn’t know what their traffic fine revenue will be or how much their community grant will be this year.