Enderby prepares for tax hike

The draft 2015 financial plan calls for a 2.8 per cent tax increase

A tax increase is being hammered out for Enderby residents.

City council was provided with a first draft of the 2015 budget Tuesday and it calls for property owners to pay more.

“The proposal is for a 2.8 per cent tax increase but there are a couple of things we may or may not do,” said Mayor Greg McCune. “It could be between 2.5 and 2.8 per cent.”

McCune says there is a need for the city to keep up with necessary expenses and to plan ahead for the future.

“There is an automatic one per cent (tax increase) for capital projects,” he said.

As a new councillor, Brian Schreiner is going through the budget process for the first time.

“It’s reasonable and fair,” he said of the proposed document.

“We’re trying to keep it under three per cent and it includes some major projects like a lift station on Regent Avenue.”

Coun. Roxanne Davyduke is also new to the budget exercise.

“But we have documents to review and questions to ask,” she said.

“We will see, realistically, where the numbers should be forecast for 2015.”

Council will hold a special meeting April 13 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed financial plan, while on April 20, council will receive public input and consider three readings of the budget bylaw.

It’s anticipated that the budget will be adopted May 4.