Many of the 90 community members attending City Council tonight (Dec. 8/15) left in a good mood after Council voted in favour of a step forward to a new sports field.

The $7.7-million high performance sports field and amenities like change rooms is now subject to a detailed analysis of the costs.

Brent Kellington with Fort Saskatchewan Falcons Minor Football made a spirited 5 minute presentation after the GM of the Fort High Sting Peter Vandermeulen and #39 Andrew Paholka presented to Council.

A report into the impact of refunding condo waste removal charges was also passed pleasing many in attendance.

Council approved a 41% residential, 59% non-residential tax split meaning a $38 tax increase to the average home compared the original proposed increase of $14.  

The average non-residential property will see a $261 tax increase instead of $343.

The 2016 operating and capital Budgets were passed which include maintaining a local and commuter transit service, one additional RCMP Officer and increased hours at Harbour Pool for recreational swim activities.

The budgets also include continued upgrading of infrastructure, curling rink revitalization and increased library funding.

The 2016 Budgets include a new dog park, spring and summer ice at the DCC, increased focus on fire safety and code compliance for commercial and industrial properties, additional resources to maintain parks and trails, snow hauling for more narrow residential streets and increased amenities at the historic precinct including a washroom facility, improved parking, and additional paved trails.