Pay raise for Sylvan Lake RCMP

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
July 14, 2017 - 9:37am Updated: July 14, 2017 - 12:28pm

Mounties in Sylvan Lake are getting a pay raise for the first time in over two years.

Sylvan Lake RCMP had gone without a raise since January 1, 2015 before recently agreeing on a new contract. The increases finalized and proposed for regular members is as follows:

Jan 1, 2015 1.25%
Jan 1,2016 1.25
Apr 1, 2016 2.30
Jan 1, 2017 (Est) 2.50
Jan 1, 2018 (Est) 2.50

The Town of Sylvan Lake pays for 70 per cent of RCMP/policing costs, while the province subsidizes the remaining 30 per cent. The Town has $1,800,000 budgeted for 2017 and $1,850,000 for 2018. As a result of the new contract, policing will now cost the Town $1,982,000 this year.

The Town will be dipping into reserves to cover the remaining $182,000 for this year.

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Other news from Sylvan Lake town council this week…

- Second and third reading was given to the updated Community Standards Bylaw;

- Council accepted as information a report on taxi businesses and how they relate to home occupations. Administration was asked to investigate changes to the home occupation regulations, addressing specifically how taxi businesses fit into home occupation licenses;

- Council also directed Administration to participate in the regional consultation process that will inform potential updates to bylaws that regulate vehicles for hire;

- Council granted second and third reading to the Off-site Levy Bylaw as presented. Overall, levy rates are increasing by by an average of 19 per cent, which is lower than 28 per cent as was proposed before concerns were raised by local developers. Off-site levies are charged to developers to help pay for things such as new roads, sewers and water lines.

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