City tax increase moves ahead

Third reading was given Tuesday to the 2014 budget by Enderby council

The projected tax hike in Enderby will cost a little less.

Third reading was given Tuesday to the 2014 budget, which calls for a tax increase of 3.15 per cent or $56.09 for the average home. A 3.85 per cent tax hike, or $68.44, had originally been proposed.

“The decrease was due to the recycling fees being reduced to represent costs from January to mid May as then Multi-Materials B.C. will be taking over recycling,” said Jennifer Bellamy, chief financial officer.

The budget will be adopted May 5.

“It covers everything it has to,” said Coun. Beryl Ludwig,

“There’s a lot of sanitary sewer and storm sewer work that needs to be done so we’re putting money into reserves.”

The budget includes funding for reconstruction of Mill Avenue between Maud Street and George Street, reconstruction of Belvedere Street between Cliff Avenue and Mill Avenue, continued contributions to capital reserves to fund infrastructure renewal and position and support for the art gallery and new youth programs.

Other items are the purchase of a water tender truck for the fire department, the next phase of storm water upgrades to reduce flooding and community revitalization initiatives.

Ludwig believes residents understand the need to keep on top of vital services such as infrastructure.

“Everything is 40 or 50 years old so it has to be replaced,” she said.