North Bay Council passes 2017 budget

North Bay, ON – December 19, 2016 – Earlier tonight the City of North Bay Council approved the City’s 2017 operating budget that delivers on creating a more sustainable city while continuing to provide the services residents have come to expect.

Approved with the budget was a 2017 levy increase of 1.92 per cent after growth.

“Council and staff have worked hard to deliver a fiscally responsible budget that represents a balance between maintaining necessary service levels and investing for future growth while also accounting for growth and inflationary pressures,” said Deputy Mayor Sheldon Forgette. 

The 2017 budget was put together after gathering input from Council and residents through public consultation in September.  It maintains current service levels, while responding to mandatory legislative requirements and other drivers such as growth and inflation.  The budget also earmarks funding for capital infrastructure to ensure that the City can continue to replace and renew its infrastructure needs in years to come.

The total approved gross operating budget for 2017 is $119.6 million.  The operating budget covers daily expenditures and activities, including salaries, wages and benefits, goods and services, and materials.

The City of North Bay is a city of 54,000 people situated between the shores of Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake. For information on City services and programs, North Bay residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.cityofnorthbay.ca