Drayton Valley Town Council passed the 2018 Interim budget on Wednesday, with no tax increases on the table.
The interim budget includes plenty of changes from the time frame of the implementation of the new full cost utility rate structure to an increase in user fees for recreational opportunities. However council says with the support of more modest services and a prioritized capital plan, residents will see no general tax increase.
Mayor Michael Doerksen said that after the past election it was clear that residents had a desire and expectation that dollars be spent on the needs of the community rather than the wants and the 2018 budget will reflect that sentiment.
"This budget speaks to sustainability. We don't want to continue to burden the residents this year by increasing the taxes," said Doerksen.
The 2018 Capital Budget will see a total of $6.366 million dollars in 18 capital projects.
The majority of costs are related to the following:
- Overall Town Infrastructure Lifecycle Rehabilitation - $2,000,000
- High Lift Pump Station (Raw Water) - $1,230,000
- Ring Road Connection To 50th Street - $700,000
- Pool Fund - $500,000
- Parks/Rec/Culture Facilities - $349,000
A Town Community Peace Officer service is earmarked in the budget, with the funds for the initial startup and first year operational costs coming from the Automated Traffic Enforcement reserves.
The Early Childhood Development Centre will undergo a three year rate increase to achieve cost neutral operations. The increases will only effect Brazeau County children due to the town providing user rebates to town residents equivalent to the rate increases over the next three years.
Changes to fees included in the 2018 interim budget will go into effect on January 1.
The 2018 final budget will be released in the spring following factors that impact Drayton Valley like the provincial budget and Brazeau County's tax rates.
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