Whitehorse city council passes capital budget

Whitehorse city council passed its 2016-19 capital budget on Monday evening.

Whitehorse city council passed its 2016-19 capital budget on Monday evening.

The $16-million budget for 2016 is roughly half the size of last year’s $30-million budget.

The proposed plans allocate $5 million – $1.6 million from the federal gas tax and $3.4 million from city reserves – towards the City’s building consolidation project.

The City plans on spending $56 million over the next three years to build itself two new headquarters for city staff.

The rest of the budget is mostly made up of smaller infrastructure investments, such as $1.3 million towards odour mitigation at the Livingston Trail Lagoon and $400,000 for rural road surfacing.

The city will also spend $100,000 to replace an aging pumper/tanker and over $50,000 on new equipment for the fire department.

Over $1 million has been set aside to improve Whitehorse’s parks and trails. That includes almost $700,000 towards irrigation and playgrounds in Whistle Bend, and $55,000 for playground equipment replacement around the city.

Curtis called the budget “environmentally sustainable and financially responsible” during his speech on Nov. 30.

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