Mayor Steve Black calls this week’s budget meeting the most productive one to date.

Council has met six times, and in the latest one, cut the budget down by 1.5%.

Mayor Steve Black says if council did nothing, the average tax payer would have seen an increase of about 6% on their taxes.

He says council cut out over $1M in spending for this year.

Some of those cuts come from pulling $300K out of de-humidifiers for the pool because of an upcoming feasibility study, and $700K was cut to redo the parking lot at Hollinger Park.

That project will go on hold, and instead $200K dollars will go into a reserve fund for the park.

Council has at least one more budget meeting in the books.