As the City of Brandon and Council enter budget deliberation season, an initially proposed 2020 Budget has been published online on the City website.
Among expense areas showing increases are Capital Contribution ($902k), Reserve Appropriation (just under $1.6M) as part of an overall expense increase of $2.72M. Of note, the Salaries and Wages line that is often a source of public interest shows an increase of just over $170k or 0.3%. Additional property tax collected to meet proposed expenses would amount to $1.42M, with an average municipal tax increase of 2.97%.
As part of the process, the City today published a notice advising of a planned community forum on January 15th at 7pm in the main foyee of City Hall. After a presentation of the budget a question and answer session is to be held as part of Mayor and Council’s public engagement in the budgeting process. The same forum will be streamed on the City’s Youtube channel. Opportunity to submit questions will accompany that Youtube stream with questions also able to be submitted by contacting one’s councillor or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Though the average proposed municipal tax increase would be 2.97%, the actual increase (or theoretically decrease) one would see on any given property would also be dependent on that property's assessment. With 2020 having been a re-assessment year, one can find assessed values for properties via the Province of Manitoba property assessment search at this link.
It’s typical following the deliberation process for council to alter proposed items in the budget. In 2019, the initial proposed increase was just under 4% with the eventual amount being reduced to 1.17% after deliberations.
The full proposed budget can be reviewed at https://www.brandon.ca/budget/proposed-2020-budget
The municipal budget is of course only a portion of one’s tax bill, with the Brandon School Division planning a presentation, consultation and deliberations for beginning in mid-February.