Tecumseh Begins Work On 2018 Budget

Tecumseh is getting ahead of the game.

Work is already underway on the town's 2018 budget.

The preliminary document calls for a 3.08% tax increase, something Mayor Gary McNamara calls "modest and necessary" to maintain services and keep the town moving forward.

McNamara says the increase could change as there's still work to be done.

"I can't tell you if it's going to go up, go down and so forth. I think it's premature at this stage, but I can tell you that there's not a lot of fat in terms of where you cut because then we've got to maintain the services that our residents have come accustomed to."

He says they're looking for public input as the process moves forward.

"I think it's important what they feel is critical for services and what they would like to see and then, at the same time, we have to be cognizant of the fact that for new assets there's a contribution to tax dollars attached to that."

McNamara says flooding is fresh in everyone's minds as well.

"We're dealing with some major rain events in the last 11 months. We know that infrastructure is critically important."

An online survey on the budget is available to residents on the town's website or by clicking here.

Budget deliberations are set to begin November 14 with a goal of passing the final budget on December 12.

Last year, Tecumseh residents saw a 2.7% tax increase.