The Mayor of our energy city sat down with several representatives at a local Estevan Chammber of Commerce meeting to discuss the city's proposed budget. Some interestiing topics arised.
Mayor Roy Ludwig when asked to talk about the recent Curling events that have occurred in the Energy City, "Moving forward in 2019, we're looking at other events coming to our City. We can't say what that will look like, but we are looking at getting some good events coming back into Estevan for 2019."
Roy also described what cuts were made within the city to maintain a minimal tax increase, Ludwig explains in which areas, "Well, we have done some cuts from within on some of our management team, and we're looking very hard before we hire, do we really need that position or that type of thing. Along with some of our longer-term projects are coming to an end, so that will give us a bit of money savings. Moving forward we will have to take a hard look and see, I know we've always said we are looking at incremental increases. So small amounts every year, rather than being hit with the big ones, which I know is what the public wants to see. So as long as we can keep those increases at a palatable level, I think everyone understands that with all of the inflationary pressures, everything tends to move up."
Roy also discussed a transistion committee that has been formed to counter the upcoming job losses from the impendng Estevan Saskpower shutdowns. "We've set up a transition committee and it's expanded quite a bit now, we've got close to 20 people all in. We've got representatives from SBC (Saskatoon Business College), we've got representatives from the Coal Mine, from the labor groups, from the United Mineworkers, from IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), we've got our MLA Lori Carr on there, we've got Western Diversification, (Dwight Bramble) Fitz is on their, Jeff Ward is on their, myself, Jeff Richards from the College because we're looking for training opportunities moving forward. So it's a great committee and hopefully, out of that we'll have some positives for our city."