Cornwall budget talks start today

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Cornwall city council will get down to tackling the 2021 budget today.

It will be new territory for councillors as the meeting is being held virtually through Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CFO Tracey Bailey will give an overview of the budget and then department managers will be presenting their capital budgets as well as answering questions about their operating budgets.

Departments making presentations today (Feb. 1) are financial services, Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge, paramedic services, fire services, municipal works, traffic signals and street lighting, and transit.

The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to go to 8 p.m. with the same time on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cornwall has a draft budget with an overall tax increase of 2.9 per cent. That would be an extra $74.64 this year on a home assessed at $173,860.