City Council had our first detailed look at the preliminary budget for 2013 today. This budget included a list of all additional or supplementary requests. If we were to approve everything, the 2o13 tax increase would be 7.34%. We are very very unlikely to approve everything. Every year, in the past 8 years I've been paying close attention, the preliminary initial budget has been trimmed down so that the tax increase typically falls in the neighbourhood of 2 - 3%.
City hall has created a page linking to all sorts of interesting information about community revenue and expenses. I also hope you will consider participating in one of the public input meetings on the budget.