It’s early days yet, but Terrace residents may escape a municipal tax hike next year.
City staff presented a draft of the 2016-2020 budget to council Monday and the provisional budget for 2016 does not contain a tax increase.
Next year’s budget includes a policing services increase to fund 24 RCMP members up from 23.5, more staff in Public Works and Leisure Services, as well as improved lighting and security cameras added to the Sportsplex parking lot.
The Terrace Public Library will get some work on its roof, windows, and construction of an overhang on the south side of the building.
The city plans to study the Frank Street rail crossing and the possibility of enacting an anti-whistling bylaw at the intersection with Highway 16.
The 2016 provisional budget includes money for remediation of city-owned lands at Keith and Kenney and an overhaul of the city’s website.
The city’s five year plan will set aside money for two large projects at the Terrace Aquatic Centre in 2019 and 2020, including a new ultraviolet sanitation system for the whirlpool and an accessible change table to make it easier for people with mobility issues to use the pool.
Budget deliberations will happen in the new year with final approval in the spring.