There's some good news for taxpayers in Moose Jaw as the capital budget overview was presented Monday night and it shows that the city has been able to collect enough funds over the years to nearly wipe off the payments for the new Dr Wigmore Regional Hospital.
Moose Jaw was responsible for just shy of $20 million for the project and we've been paying a hospital levy since 2006. It was first implemented at $40 per property but at that time, there was only talk of renovating the old Union Hospital. When it was revealed that we would be getting a new hospital, the city increased the levy to $96 per year.
The levy was supposed to end with the 2019 budget year but upon review, city administration has reported that the final year of the levy only needs a $15 levy in order to wipe the slate clean for 2020. More details about taxpayer contributions to that project are expected as budget talks continue.