A tax increase for Minden Hills residents is now official.

Council rubber stamped the budget this morning authorizing an 8.61 per cent increase.

That comes out to an increase of $42.34 per $250,000 of assessed property value.

Council voted five to one in favour of the budget with Councilor Pam Sayne opposing it.

Sayne said in council chambers that the township is building and growing faster than it can afford to.

Sayne says the township should have gotten more quotes on the new fire hall it’s building.

Deputy Mayor Cheryl Murdoch said that the increase is needed to maintain services and without it, Minden would be moving backwards.

According to budget documents, 82 per cent of the tax hike can be attributed to increased spending in the roads and environmental departments.