Capital budget deliberations ended at city hall on Monday with a 2.7 per cent tax increase for Londoners.

That works out to about $76 more for the average homeowner for 2019.

Some councillors say the multi-year budget tied their hands.

Council also endorsed three per cent increases to water and sewer bills.

So in total the average London home will pay $101 more this year to city hall.

Despite pressure from several unions to pay a 'living wage,' council kept the minimum wage paid to municipal employees at $14 an hour.

The 25 per cent discount on senior bus tickets was restored.

And council did not discuss Merrymount's request for $600,000 to to cover a spike in the number of children needing the crisis centre's services.

The budget will be finalized on Feb. 12.