A series of budget meetings are slated to begin Thursday night for council in North Bay.
The administration recommended operating budget includes a tax levy increase of 5.77% or $5.8 million, before any service level changes.
Some of those potential changes that council will discuss include increases in transit fares and hourly parking rates and extending transit service to Couchie Memorial Drive.
There are also financial requests from groups like OUTLoud North Bay and Clean Green Beautiful North Bay and a proposal for no-charge parking Downtown in December.
The staff report says about 55% of the proposed tax levy increase is “directly related to Service Partners”.
Those include the various agencies, boards and commissions like city police, the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board, the library, the Capitol Centre and others.
The proposed capital budget, meantime, is $52.1 million.
It includes several major projects like the new Community and Recreation Centre, McKeown Avenue widening and Main St. Rehabilitation.
Four more budget meetings are scheduled through March 6.
They’re taking place in the fifth-floor boardroom at city hall.
You can find the financial documents included in the meeting agendas on the City of North Bay website.