Bruderheim councillor Len Falardeau wants to see administration dig deep to make cuts across the board for the next budget.
He asked for a 10 per cent tax cut, a stark change of pace for a budget with a proposed 2.78 per cent hike.
"Towns always raise taxes, they think 'Oh, it's not much, they'll live with that,' we have to start thinking differently, we have to start lowering taxes, our taxes are extremely high, we don't have businesses, we don't have people, the only way we can attract is to lower taxes," said Falardeau.
Falardeau made several motions during budget debate at last night's (November 29) special council meeting to support his tax break, including cutting $60,000 from Planning Services, slashing council's budget for workshops and conferences and reducing Strathcona County's bylaw enforcement patrols.
"Every department can cut 10 per cent easy, council can cut 40 to 50 per cent on our expenditures."
His motions were all defeated.
"Most administrations and most towns live way beyond their budget, Fort Saskatchewan can cut 20 per cent and still survive," claimed Falardeau.
Council voted 6-1 against Falardeau's tax drop.