St. Catharines city council looks at 2018 budget

St. Catharines council will be considering a 2018 city budget featuring a 1.62% tax increase.

Originally the Budget Committee was presented with a 2.77% increase back in October - since then the committee was able to whittle down the increase without cutting services.

Savings were found by delaying esthetic improvements at the fire halls and reducing money earmarked for traffic calming measures.

The proposed budget will be in front of council on December 11th and debated during a special meeting a week later.

If all goes according to plan, this could be the first year the budget is passed before the new year.