Vernon city hall is currently developing the 2014 budget.

Vernon city hall is currently developing the 2014 budget.

Tax hike and staffing cuts move ahead at Vernon city hall

City council presented with details during a budget discussion Monday

The City of Vernon has started hammering out its proposed 2014 budget.

The draft document, which was presented to council Monday, includes staff reductions and top-end tax hike of 3.7 per cent.

“We continue to get our fiscal house in order,” said Will Pearce, chief administrative officer.

Pearce cautions that a 3.7 per cent tax increase— or $31 for the typical home — is just a starting point and that number could be reduced as deliberations continue.

The 3.7 per cent is based on 1.8 per cent for operations and 1.9 per cent for infrastructure.

In terms of staffing, full-time equivalent employees will go from 249.8 in 2013 to 246.6 in 2014. The loss include a bylaw compliance officer, a corporate services worker, a building inspector and three positions in parks (two are currently vacant). However, a parks planner position has been created.

Look for more details in Wednesday’s Morning Star.