The City of Fort Saskatchewan released their 2019 proposed budget.
 
Operations will start with a price tag of $78.6 million and the capital budget is $12.8 million.
 
"Council is going to be faced with some challenges," said mayor Gale Katchur.
 
In 2018, the operating budget was around $76 million and the capital budget was $11 million.
 
Proposed city employee wages and benefits are are proposed to jump from $27.7 million to $29.7 million.
 
Water rates could be raised by over six per cent, sewer by almost five per cent and three per cent for solid waste. If passed, residents would see a yearly utility bill increase of about $58.
 
Overall, administration is recommending an $800,000 property tax increase.
 
"We're just starting at a 3.2 [per cent tax increase] and we'll see where we end up following budget deliberations."
 
The fire department’s 2019 budget would be at $3.8 million, up by almost $1 million from 2018. Protective services could also go up by around $1 million.
 
Fort Saskatchewan expects to see traffic revenue decrease by $2.1 million and recreation may see their budget cut by $2.6 million.
 
Budget deliberations will start on November 19, with more meetings to follow on November 21, 26 and 29 (if needed). The meetings are held in council chambers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to the public.
 
The council meeting on December 11 is scheduled for formal budget approvals.
 
 

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