Mayor Cam Guthrie hopes to rein in the tax increase to the rate of inflation and he's started the ball rolling by filing a notice of motion, to be discussed at the Jan. 17 budget orientation meeting.
It's a bold move, gutsy, and it shows he's committed to delivering on his election promises.
But is it already too late in the process to direct staff re-start their budget work using a different formula, assuming Guthrie can get the support he needs to officially pass a motion? The budget process has already been delayed by the municipal election and the changing of the guard. Council is to reach a final decision on budget by March and there are still staff presentations and public delegations to be heard. Might Guthrie have been wiser to allow staff to continue as they had been and attempt to get to rate of inflation through discussion?
This could prove to be a divisive issue for council — already there are rumblings of objection from some councillors.
Me-thinks the honeymoon is almost over.