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Council makes more changes to 2016 budget

City council has wrapped up its review of its operating and capital budgets for 2016, which will be up for approval at the November 30th council meeting. Most of the heavy lifting was done Thursday, but a few more projects were approved or denied this morning.

$1 million dollars was originally budgeted to extend 112th Street over the railway tracks, but the design has been reduced to just $200,000 for 2017. The $1.6 million allocated for a transit terminal has been taken out until a master transit plan is done, and the Leisure Centre is now officially an unfunded project.

There were a few items that need more discussion before moving ahead. What should be done to fund the Youth Emergency Shelter will be dealt with at a future committee, just like the fees for the Eastlink Centre.
The Bear Creek Reservoir Project will be talked about again at the council meeting on November 30th. The City is waiting to hear what kind of grant money is coming it, before the budget it finalized that night.
What will stay the same is the tax increase for next year, which is set at 4.2 per cent.

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