Lake Country financial plan under microscope

It’s still not known how high taxes may climb in Lake Country.

It’s still not known how high taxes may climb in Lake Country.

Council met Thursday to take another look at the proposed 2011 financial plan.

“We did some cutting and shifting,” said Mayor James Baker.

“We’re trying to get to an area where council feels comfortable.”

The original budget called for a four per cent tax increase or an additional $55 for the average home. Baker isn’t sure what the final figure will be.

“We’re probably looking at under four per cent depending on what is cut and what is added,” he said.

Coun. Noreen Guenther is reluctant to say that a tax increase will be less than four per cent.

“We’re going to try but it’s tough because of inflation, RCMP costs and contractual issues,” she said.

“That’s three per cent right there. There’s not a lot of room to move.”

Based on Thursday’s discussions, district staff will refine the budget document further and bring it back to council Feb. 22 for further consideration.

“We’re hacking away at it,” said Guenther of the financial plan.