2017 Town of Blackfalds Budget Approved
Council approved the 2017 Budget on December 13, 2016. The final budget is a result of Council and Administration deliberations that began in August and concluded in November along with input gathered from the public through Citizen Budget in September and at the Budget Open House on November 16, 2016.
The budget is intended to provide for ongoing stable municipal operations with the provision of high service levels. Recognizing the difficult economic climate, the tax increase for 2017 was kept to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of 0.7% - one of the lowest in the region.
“We have kept to our goal of keeping tax increases for residents at the CPI while providing the programs, services and infrastructure support expected by our community,” said Betty Quinlan, Director of Corporate Services. “Over the last years, Blackfalds has shown municipal excellence through innovation and growth while adding the services residents want.”
The 2017 operating budget is 24.4 million, an increase of 0.8 million from 2016.
With the exception of an increase to sewer rates that is required for funding the regional wastewater line, all other utility rates remain the same. One new full-time RCMP Officer will be added as well as one additional personnel to municipal operations.
The 2017 capital budget is 12 million. Some of the key capital projects for 2017 include:
- Facility Energy Efficiency Update
- Wayfinding Signage - Phase 2
- Playground - Cottonwood School
- Phase 2 -All Star BMX Park
- Shelters for Ball Diamonds
- Westwood Linear Park Design
- McKay Ranch Lift Station
- East Area (Phase 1) Storm System
- North West Area Storm System