Council considered the draft 2024-2025 Operating Budget last night at a Special Meeting. As Council’s top priority is to pay off the Ojibwa debt as much as possible before March 2025, the proposed budget reflected an 11.34 percent tax increase to achieve this while meeting legislative requirements and without cutting services. Council ultimately directed staff to report back with a supplementary report identifying potential areas of cost savings in discretionary service areas. A Special Meeting will be scheduled to consider the Operating Budget again in March.
As the budget was not approved last night, the January 18th Budget Open House is also postponed.