There are suggestions that the city may be forced to cut its workforce to bring in a budget with a reasonable tax hike.
Hamilton councillors will get a look at the proposed 2017 city budget this morning, that could spell a tax increase of 6 per cent without any cuts.
Councillor Chad Collins tells The Hamilton Spectator that council will have to chop $32 million to bring the tax increase down to a reasonable 1.8 per cent.
And he says that will mean the city may have to look at cutting its labour force.
Collins is suggesting that may mean encouraging early retirements, phasing out vacant positions or merging jobs.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger isn’t as pessimistic.
He doesn’t think a “hack-and-slash approach” will be needed to reach a “reasonable” final budget.