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Blackfalds proposes moderate increase in taxes

posted on Nov 13 2018

Blackfalds, Alberta (November 13, 2018) – The Town of Blackfalds continues to show unprecedented growth that resulted in the Town’s population eclipsing the 10,000 mark, as noted in the 2018 Census. With this sustained growth the Town has taken a conservative view and prioritized spending on what would benefit its residents. Council and Administration participated in their annual budget retreat weekend with the objective to formally adopt the 2019 operating capital budget by mid-December.

“The Town of Blackfalds continues to hold into account the challenging economic climate which, although improving, still remains. This has been reflected in the Town’s budget deliberations which to date includes a modest tax increase.” stated Mayor Richard Poole.

Based on the feedback received from residents through the Citizen Budget online engagement, the September 10 public open house, and as a result of our current economy, the Town is looking at a slight increase in taxes of 1.5%, which is well below the Consumer Price Index for Alberta. This will allow the Town to continue its excellent level of service of current programs while also proceeding with capital projects that will benefit the Town in the long term.

The budget was developed with a three-year budget forecast in mind and as well as a ten-year funded Capital Projects plan. This allows the municipality to continue to provide economic sustainability to our citizens.

You are encouraged to join Council at the Blackfalds & District Chamber of Commerce Christmas Trade Show – the Merry Market – this weekend at the Abbey Centre. Doors are open from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Come share with them your thoughts as you begin your Christmas shopping!

For details visit the Town website at blackfalds.com.

For more information:

Richard Poole

Mayor

403.506.6445

richard@blackfalds.com

 

Dean Turnquist

Communications Officer

403.885.6259

dturnquist@blackfalds.com