12/05/2013 10:17 EST | Updated 02/04/2014 05:59 EST

Saskatoon homeowners on more expensive road to better streets, snow removal

SASKATOON - Homeowners in Saskatoon are facing one of the largest property tax increases in 20 years, but city council is promising the end result will be better roads and snow removal.

Council has voted in favour of a 7.43 per cent hike for the 2014 budget, which translates into $108 more a year on an average homeowner's property tax bill.

The original proposed increase was 7.26 per cent.

Over half of the additional revenue will go into repairs to some 500 kilometres of roads during the next three years, along with improvements to street sweeping and snow clearing.

Councillor Pat Lorje (LOHR'-yay) says despite the increase, the city has come to grips with its road problems.

More money is also being spent to boost personnel and facilities at the police department. (CKOM, CJWW)