A proposed 11.92 per cent property tax hike in Yellowknife has since dropped to a tentative 4.26 per cent due to assistance from the territorial government.

The GNWT’s Covid relief funding of $1.5 million and the territorial government’s ongoing $855,000 toward addressing the municipal funding gap have made the difference.

“We received verbal notice that this will be the amount of funding we will receive. We are still waiting for contribution agreements to finalize the details, but this is what we are anticipating,” Mayor Rebecca Alty said on Nov 24.

Between Nov. 30-Dec. 3, council will review the 2021 budget before it is slated to be adopted on Dec. 7.

The Nov. 16 regular council meeting was open to public presentations relating to the budget but there were no submissions.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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