Vernon council adopts 2016 budget

The budget’s overall 3.4 per cent tax increase includes 1.5 per cent for operations and 1.9 per cent for infrastructure.

The City of Vernon’s 2016 budget is finished.

Council unanimously adopted the financial plan  Monday.

“Administration did a very good job of looking at all of the costs and council took out what was necessary and added what was necessary,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

The budget’s overall 3.4 per cent tax increase includes 1.5 per cent for operations and 1.9 per cent for infrastructure.

“It addresses all of the concerns we had going into the process,” said Coun. Catherine Lord, who is pleased the 1.9 per cent infrastructure levy continues.

“It’s a huge benefit. Over the next couple of years, the public will see how the money is being spent on roads and infrastructure.”