Brandon city council has passed a municipal budget that will increase taxes by 0.42 percent this year.
Councillors debated the 2018 budget over two days and approved its final version on Saturday evening.
“I am extremely pleased with this budget, not only for the end result — which shook out at approximately one-third the rate of inflation — but for the way that everyone worked on the budget and the respectful, collegial way that they dealt with each other during the process,” Mayor Rick Chrest said in a statement.
The tax increase works out to be about $8 more per year for an average home assessed at approximately $254,500.
In part, the budget also approved $500,000 in additional funding for the Keystone Centre, $200,000 more for road paving and milling, and $100,000 more to address building deficiencies at Brandon’s community centres.
Officials also voted to slightly reduce Sunday transit service hours of operation, and reduced the city’s snow-clearing and removal budget due to this season’s minimal snowfall.