Windsor pursues seventh straight zero tax increase budget

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Windsor Star/Doug Schmidt

Crafting Windsor municipal budgets containing a zero tax levy increase appears to have become so run-of-the-mill that the mayor and council no longer even have to prod city hall administration in that direction.

“Zero seems to have become the new norm for Windsor,” said city treasurer Onorio Colucci. “That’s been the mandate given administration, and the guidance given by council the last six years, so we took it upon ourselves (for 2015),” he added.

Windsorites won’t even know until late October who their next mayor is — nor who’ll be on a council already shedding a number of incumbents — but senior administrators at city hall this week began the process towards achieving a seventh straight budget maintaining a status quo municipal tax levy.

“We’re going to see what sorts of decisions council will have to make to get to zero,” Colucci said.

In a preliminary report to council Monday night, city administration noted that “upwards of $12 million in budget pressures will need to be mitigated in order to hold the line on the property tax levy in 2015.”

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