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By Bill Hutchins Illustration by Wayne Westfall

Kingston homeowners will have to dig a little deeper this year to pay more property taxes to City Hall.

Councillors approved the first budget of their term after three nights of deliberations in late January with a built-in tax hike of 2.5 percent. The hike includes a
1 percent tax dedicated to infrastructure work, plus another 1.5 percent to cover inflationary pressures and new council initiatives. This will add about $87
a year to the tax bill of a house assessed at $319,000. The special 1 percent infrastructure tax that’s tacked onto annual property tax bills is recommended by staff to remain in place for another six years.

But many councillors were clearly uneasy about approving a 2.5 percent tax increase following a string of similar increases in recent years.

“What does restraint look like? How do we communicate what’s in the budget? I feel like we’re caught in a river and we can’t stop or slow it down,” says Councillor Gary Oosterhof.

Staff insisted from the outset of budget talks that any attempt to scale back the recommended tax rate would mean having a serious discussion about municipal service levels. . . .

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