The City of Regina has released its proposed budgets for 2016, which include a tax hike of 2.9 per cent, with an additional one per cent dedicated to improving residential streets.
The city explains that the increase would enable the city to maintain services, improve infrastructure and keep utilities affordable.
The budget is also looking for a six per cent hike on water rates.
The proposed budget is subject to council approval on Dec. 7.
Last year, property taxes went up 4.3 per cent, tacking on another $100 to the average bill. Utility rates went up eight per cent which added on another $126. In 2013, the original proposal was for a seven per cent tax hike, but the public spoke out and got that number reduced to 5.88 per cent.
Over the last five years, the average property tax increase has been 4.5 per cent.