Municipal taxes set to rise

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City home and business owners will see municipal taxes go up this year. Medicine Hat city council last night approved the 3.6 percent increase for homeowners and 5.3 percent for non residential and commercial properties. However, when the lower requisition for provincial education is factored in, the amount for homeowners is actually a 6.6 percent increase. Some councilors said that while increases are unavoidable, they city does need to take a hard look at spending. Jim Turner said that they need to moderate increases and that means moderating spending. Figures available showed even with the increase this year, the gas city remains the lowest taxed in the province.