This fall, the 16 members elected as Hamilton's next City Council members have a bleak future ahead of them.
Hamilton's Corporate General Manager of His Services, Mike Zegalac, presented his three-year budget outlook at a meeting of the General Affairs Committee.
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Meet Zegarac's projected 6.9% tax increase in 2023, boosting affordable housing and emergency services to maintain current service levels with a budget of $1 billion.
Zegarac said there was insufficient funding to deal with the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with inflation high on the city's list of financial pressures.
"Fuel prices have gone up about 50%," he said. city. "
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In addition to the 6.9% tax increase next year, the outlook predicts a 4.3%, 2.9% tax increase in 2024 After receiving approximately $160 million in COVID-19 funding for 2020 and 2021 and approximately $44 million in 2022 from
state and federal governments that Mr Zegarac said he was faced with covering the dollar without any more money and future expenses.
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Zegarac said: Dealing with pandemic recovery The lack of funding to do so is primarily related to “homeless service systems, public health, long-term care, transportation, recreation, parking, and reduced shared income for OLGs.”
In 2022, Hamilton City Council approved a tax increase of 2.8% for him.