Fort residents may not have to pay quite as much in taxes.
 
Councillor Brian Kelly asked administration to find ways to cut nearly $600,000 from the proposed $77-million budget.
 
The original tax increase would have been 2.75 per cent, but with Kelly's request, administration is looking at ways to drop it to just 1.5 per cent.
 
In budget deliberations, city manager Troy Fleming told council it won't be easy, but it is possible.
 
"We want to make sure that the budget reflects the service levels that all of council wants for our citizens," explained mayor Gale Katchur. "We have to be careful we don't make so many cuts that we have to come back in a few months and add money to the budget."
 
The idea was put forward to ask departments to find efficiencies in their own budgets to help make the goal work.
 
"I appreciate council's enthusiasm with wanting to look for additional cuts in the 2018 budget," stated Katchur. "I do believe administration has already spent a great deal of time and effort to bring a no-nonsense budget forward while advancing the previous council's policy to bring our reserve balances up to the optimal levels."
 
A report will be presented to council at Tuesday's (November 28) meeting outlining how much of Kelly's request can be fulfilled.

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