A number of organizations have made their needs known to council for the 2018 budget.
Everyone, from the library to the Historical Society, was looking for a piece of the pie.
"It takes a great deal of volunteers and non-profit organizations to make our city a success," said mayor Gale Katchur. "We understand that there will be times that we will have to provide funding to help them reach their goals."
Here's a break down of the requests:
- Fort Saskatchewan Public Library: An extra $80,000 (up six per cent for a $1.24 million total) for an early literacy librarian position, three additional IT hours, maintaining additional Sunday hours, increase memberships and address rising costs for election collections, digital resources and traditional materials.
- Families First Society: Up by five per cent to $109,000 to fund two family violence prevention positions and $24,000 to introduce a steadfast connector to reduce wait times for the violence prevention coordinator.
- Volunteer Centre: An extra 2.25 per cent, $46,000.
- Historical Society: $7,600: $1,000 for the Peoples of the North Saskatchewan Festival, $1,150 for upgrades to the blacksmith shop, $3,000 to restore a 1950's Sherritt ambulance and $2,500 to restore a wagon from the early 1900's.
Several groups maintained their figures from last year, including the Fort Saskatchewan Prairie Stewardship Program ($4,500), the Boys and Girls Club ($49,500) and the Special Transportation Services Society ($138,000).
The Fort Saskatchewan Minor Sports Association requested a freeze on ice fees, saying another increase would impact the affordability for families involved in minor hockey, ringette and figure skating.
"City council is very grateful to all of these organizations that are present in our community," added Katchur. "We know that if we had to provide the services that they do, there would be a great deal of more cost to the city and we probably wouldn't be able to provide the level of service that they do so they are very much a benefit to our community."
Council will make the final vote on the budget on December 12.

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