Council approved the 2018 Town of Blackfalds Operating and Capital Budgets at the Regular Council Committee meeting held on December 12, 2017.
The 2018 budget is a conservative budget containing a 1.1% increase that will provide solid, responsible programs and services to our residents while continuing to plan and lay the groundwork for future development and continued growth of the community in various areas of Blackfalds municipal operations – representing an average tax increase of $24 per family (based on a $315,000 home assessment).
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 29, 2017.
“Council and Administration worked hard to keep our tax increase low while maintaining the high level of services we provide to our residents,” said Betty Quinlan, Director of Corporate Services. “Blackfalds is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country, and I believe this is a great budget for our growing community.”
The 2018 capital budget is $6,877,500, with highlights including commencement of the architectural design for the future development of a second ice surface, phase 2 of the energy efficiency update for various buildings and completion of the Facility Review study, and transportation projects including annual maintenance projects such as re-paving and replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter.
The 2018 operating budget is $26,566,680, with highlights including the move to the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Commission, introducing new positions to address increased workload and new projects, and contracting out concession services at the Abbey Centre – expected to save substantial costs.
Full detail on the 2018 budget will be available at www.blackfalds.com.