Bruce County council is not quite ready to sign off on its 2018 budget.

Council turned the proposed budget back to staff, despite a recommendation to approve the document at a 3.54% tax levy increase, asking for an additional $100,000 to be cut, which would bring the tax increase to 3.3%, or $1.4-million.

One suggestion dismissed by council was to cut a proposed $200,000 contribution to affordable housing down to $100,000, but Twolan says that’s not an area council wants to be cutting.

“We have to start investing more into affordable housing, so hopefully [senior staff] will come back with ways to getting to 3.3% without going at that $100,000 for affordable housing,” says Twolan.