Last night in Sault Ste. Marie, nine men and two women spent half a million dollars every minute, in a stunning spending spree that lasted four hours.
Sault Ste. Marie City Council approved a $122 million budget, as submitted by Chief Administrative Officer Joe Fratesi and his staff.
The 2003 budget has a levy increase of about 8 percent, and a municipal property tax hike of 3.42 percent on a typical property.
Total expenditures will be up 3.77 per cent over last year.
Council approved annual funding of $75,000 to the bushplane museum, which argued it might have to close its doors without the funding.
Councillors agreed to consider additional funding for the Teen Centre, which must first present a viable plan for the future.
The City's contribution to the troubled centre, howeever, is not expected to be anywhere near the $140,000 that the Teen Centre was seeking.
For more information on the 2003 City Budget, please go to our home page and read the article titled "Joseph Fratesi explains the budget."