City Council Highlights – August 8, 2016

City Council Highlights provides a brief overview of newsworthy items from the August 8, 2016 City of North Bay Council meeting.  The full agenda can be found on the City’s website.

Semi-annual report projects surplus

Council received a report on the City’s Water and Sanitary Sewer Operating Budget that anticipated a year-end surplus of $386,285.  In the first six months of 2016, the City has realized savings largely due to vacant positions, changes in scheduling, and fewer emergencies (i.e. watermain breaks).

Schedule for 2017 budget process

Council approved a recommendation to set a Budget Open House for September 8, 2016.  The open house will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the City’s budget process and provide input into the 2017 budget. 

Year-end financial projections

Council received a summary report on the year-end financial projections for the City’s operating and capital budgets. Although various departments are currently experiencing various deficits and surpluses, the City is anticipating ending the year on budget.  

Cap and Trade Plan

Council voted in favour of a motion Monday evening to ask the province to consider exempting Northern Ontario from the natural gas price hikes under the Cap and Trade Proposals.  The motion asks the government to “review and consider eliminating this proposed increase of 4.3 cents per litre, at least in Northern Ontario,” due to the impact it would have on residents and community members already facing economic challenges.


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