There will be lots of head scratching and squinting of eyes as members of Belleville city council get down to serious discussion about a 2016 operating budget Monday.
City staff have presented some 50 ways of saving $2.9 million that would lead to urban Belleville ratepayers actually paying less in taxes.
Some councillors are already on record as not wanting to slash services or increase user charges as much as is being suggested, and have said a tax increase around two percent would be reasonable.
Right now, the draft budget features a tax increase of 4.6 percent for urban Belleville.
The special budget meeting starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning at city hall.