Niagara-On-The-Lake continues struggle against tax hike

Niagara-On-The-Lake's finance advisory committee is working to try and pare back a significant tax hike.

Originally rate payers were facing an 11 percent increase, but the latest draft for the 2018 budget dropped that to 9.7 percent.

The committee was able to reign that in even further - Manager of Financing/Town Treasurer Kyle Freeborn told the committee the proposed rate was around 7 percent by the end of the meeting.

To do so, councillors approved increasing parking rates by 25 cents an hour, and reducing expense accounts for councillors, senior staff, and employee recognition.

Staff will also be consulting hotel and short term rental owners on a possible tourist lodging tax.

The next draft of the budget is expected on December 4th.