The police services board passed their budget today. It's up 6.7% from last year -- even though councillors have made it clear they're unhappy with a proposed 2009 tax increase of 6.5%. The police budget now goes to a city committee, then to council in November.
If other departments also budget for a 6.5% -- or larger-- increase, council will be stuck deciding whether to rewrite those budgets in its budget deliberation meetings, or go back on a pledge that next year's tax increase will be less than 6.5%. It'll be interesting to see which course they choose.
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