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City budget meetings lined up for next week

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UPDATE: On Monday, December 6th the city advised that all of the Special Committee Meetings scheduled for this week have been postponed until next week.  New dates and times will be posted to the city’s website.

 

The number-crunching is getting underway at North Bay City Hall. 

Four special committee meetings have been scheduled for next week to go over the city’s 2022 operating and capital budgets.  

A staff report shows the initial levy increase, excluding growth and a few proposed service enhancements, is 5.89 percent. 

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That amounts to just over $5.7 million. 

“The City and the community continue to adapt and manage through the COVID-19 pandemic,” states the report. “Although the City has experienced some recovery there are services such as Transit and Parking that the future impact on the City’s operations remains uncertain.” 

The report goes on to say the budget includes several management assumptions around pandemic recovery and it’s possible some service areas may be affected for a longer period of time. 

City staff say the 2022 fiscal plan includes the use of reserve funding from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve. 

The budget has also been prepared on the basis that the Province will allow any unspent Transit Safe Restart funding to be carried over into next year. 

The proposed capital budget includes $54.7 million worth of projects, including: 

  • City of North Bay Community and Recreation Centre
  • McKeown Avenue Widening 
  • Lees Road Reconstruction
  • Main Street Paving Stone Replacement
  • Construction of Sidewalks for Transit Routes
  • Booth Road and Lakeshore Drive Intersection Reconstruction
  • Asphalt Resurfacing
  • Capital Needs of Service Partners including Cassellholme, North Bay Police Service and North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority

The first budget session is Monday, December 6th at 5:30 pm. 

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