The City of North Bay cancelled its scheduled budget meeting Tuesday following the announcement of more province-wide restrictions in response to rising COVID-19 infections.
City communications officer Gord Young said the special committee meeting of council to discuss the budget would be rescheduled to a later date following the news the Ontario government had declared another state of emergency and would put in place a stay-at-home order Thursday.
In an email to The Nugget, Young said Mayor Al McDonald and senior staff “have had to divert their attention to today’s announcement in order to review the details and determine the impact on our operations.”
Council was set to approve its 2021 tax levy, or the amount required to run the city, last month at nearly $97 million, an increase of more than $3.1 million or 3.36 per cent over the 2020 budget.
However, council chose to delay its passing after staff uncovered a system glitch on the part of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board that saw the city’s rate reduced when it shouldn’t have been, creating a more than $800,000 shortfall.