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City approves 1.6% tax hike, sunsets Indigenous relations advisor job – CBC

‘If we don’t transform these systems, racism will continue to flourish in Yellowknife,’ says advocate

Dec 10, 2019

The city of Yellowknife’s budget for next year raises the property tax rate by 1.63 per cent — far from the 8.5 per cent jump city officials initially pitched.

The 2020-2021 budget comes in at an estimated $98.4 million, up nearly $10 million from last year’s budget estimate.

Cost-cutting measures in this year’s budget include reducing the parks budget by $100,000, cutting firefighters’ paid on-call program by $35,000, and removing a $75,000 city hall space study.

The reduced budget follows the city’s controversial decision to let its new Indigenous relations advisor position expire. The position was created 18 months ago using federal money, but that money runs out in February 2020.

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