City council will be presented with the 2013 proposed budget at Monday’s meeting, which includes a mill rate increase of 1.99 per cent.
The preliminary budget will go through public consultation on Dec. 12, before city council’s deliberation on Jan. 11 and 12.
“This is the budget that my department has put forth based on the mandate from council,” city treasurer Dean Hammond said. “Their mandate was to come in at two per cent or less … It’s a preliminary budget, it’s subject to change and probably will change.”
This year’s proposed mill rate is 19.45, compared to 19.07 in 2012.
The change in mill rate is what residents will end up paying as the difference on their taxes, Hammond explained.
For example, if your home was assessed at $200,000, then they take 45 per cent of that value and apply the mill rate to that amount to determine the property tax.
An average home assessed at $200,000 would pay $1,750 in property taxes in 2013, if the budget stays as is. That’s an increase of $34 from 2012.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, city council will hear a presentation from the Age-Friendly Brandon initiative.
Several consultations were held in the community over a period of six weeks, with a goal of getting feedback on what policies, programs and services would make it easier for seniors to stay active and healthy. Organizers will present their findings and recommendations.
Council will also hear from several other presenters, including Brandon’s poverty committee, which plans to request changes to the provincial RentAid program to make it more accessible for families in need.