Tonight’s budget meeting is going to be interesting one, after news of a big spending increase. The city’s CAO Joe Torlone says Timmins is looking at an almost $6 million hike. However that number is leaving out a few key components, like all of the recommendations from the core service review to cut costs. Those will come on a department-by-department basis, as each department head presents their individual budgets.

For example, KPMG recommended a fee for false fire alarms. When Fire Chief Mike Pintar plans to include this in his budget to help bring in some extra revenue. Council will have final say on the decision.

Tonight, council will hear from Public Works and Engineering about their budget requirements for next year. The Timmins Taxpayers Association will also take the floor to talk about their considerations for the 2016 budget.

Tonight’s meeting kicks off at 5:00pm at city hall, in the second floor council chambers.