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Brockville city council to approve final budget in early March

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Brockville's city council is set to approve a budget in early March – Feb 26, 2021

Brockville city council is set to approve the final budget on Tuesday, March 9 after four months of discussion.

The city is currently looking at an operating budget of just over $21 million and a capital budget of about $4.5 million. That works out to a tax increase for Brockville residents of under two per cent, but that number could potentially be higher depending on which spending lines council approves.

COVID-19‘s impact on businesses in Brockville is evident as multiple have come forth requesting more funding in support.

Read more: Brockville city council looks to learn from the recent past

The YMCA has requested $250,000 from the city. In a statement from the Brockville YMCA, chairman/CEO David Batty says the city has always understood and appreciated the work the facilities do.

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“It is an opportune moment to begin discussions on how the municipality can support the YMCA in continuing to provide a pool and wellness centre to our residents. It would be to the detriment of our community to lose this valuable community asset,” says Beatty.

The Aquatarium is asking for $600,000 more than its usual base funding due to operating pressure caused by the pandemic. The Aquatarium has not responded to a request for comment.

Read more: YMCA offers free programs and workouts online

Council is also looking to possibly hire a communications and engagement officer and is considering hiring a marketing team that would cost the city $60,000 to launch an online campaign to attract new workers to Brockville.

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