Amherstburg starting 2024 budget process

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Amherstburg is getting ready to begin its 2024 budget process.

Council will hold a special meeting Monday night where next year's capital and operating budget will be tabled.

Deputy mayor Chris Gibb says he's expecting a challenging budget process but believes if there is a tax increase, it will be reasonable.

I've been following our comparator municipalities here around the County of Essex and they all seem to be coming in at the five or six per cent increase range, so that's kind of what I'm expecting to see," says Gibb.

He says council will hear from the public for about a month and a half before starting budget deliberations.

"We got a lot of challenges with the rate of inflation, the cost of pickup trucks, the cost of repairing playgrounds and maintaining buildings is not going down," he says.  "So we'll have to see what administration comes up with."    

Gibb feels working through the budget is the most challenging part of the job on council.

"You just have to maintain a balance between keeping things affordable for your current residents but you also have to keep a mind for your future residents and the next generation," says Gibb.  "You know, you have to invest in those roads, you have to invest in the amenities people want."      

After Monday's meeting, residents can take part in a budget survey until December 18.

The town is also holding a public open house at the Libro Centre on December 12.

Council is expected to begin budget deliberations on January 15.