The Chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional District says after a first round of budget talks a couple of big ticket items have been decided, but one of the biggest is still to come.

Garry Nohr says the SCRD is looking at an overall increase of 4 per cent after dealing with transit and waste management.

Nohr says he’s hoping the final numbers will come out lower.

Round 2 budget talks begin on February 17th, with decisions still to be made on spending for upgrades at rec centres, which could be one of the more expensive items.

Potential tax increases in the rural areas are running from 0.85 per cent in Pender Harbour to just over 7 per cent in Elphinstone.  Areas B, D and F are at 2.02, 2.24 and 3.99 per cent respectively.

The increase in the SCRD shares of the municipal tax bills are sitting at 5.5 per cent for Gibsons, 6.3 for Sechelt and 8.6 for the Sechelt Indian Government District.