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Brandon City Council Approves 2017 Municipal Budget


January 23, 2017

Brandon, MB – Following weekend deliberations, Brandon City Council has approved the City of Brandon’s 2017 municipal budget. The $81.9 million operating budget represents a municipal tax increase of 0.94%, which means a residential property assessed at this year’s average of ~$251,000 will see an increase in municipal taxes of approximately $17.

 

“I’m extremely proud of the work our Council has done during this budget process.  Not only did we achieve a tax increase below inflation for the third year in a row, but we were also able to enhance many services, and also accelerated spending on infrastructure in a meaningful way,” said Mayor Rick Chrest.

 

Almost 50 additions and deletions to the budget were debated over the course of Council’s deliberations, with some of the more significant changes being:

 

  • Continuation of last year’s $500,000 grant towards Keystone Centre capital upgrades.
  • An injection of $440,000 towards additional 2017 infrastructure works.
  • $100,000 of increased funding for Community Centres.
  • $50,000 for enhanced Canada 150 / Brandon 135 celebrations.
  • $61,500 for increased funding to the Brandon Urban Aboriginal People’s Council.

 

“I am very pleased with the end result of our 2017 Budget. There were certainly some difficult discussions and challenges throughout the two day process but it all came together,” adds City Manager Scott Hildebrand.

 

The Council-approved budget will now proceed to public hearing stage, a date for which will be determined in the spring.


2017-Budget-Deliberations.pdf (31.0 KB)

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