Taxes could be going up significantly in Morinville.
Town council gave first reading to a proposed 2018 operating budget that would produce a six per cent tax hike for property owners.
"That's much higher of a number than we're use to seeing and certainly not one that we're thrilled about," said mayor Barry Turner. "We need to put our heads together and get that number down."
The total expenditures presented are $19.8 million, up eight per cent from 2017.
"Six per cent is way too high," said councillor Stephen Dafoe. "First reading of the budget takes a budget for the year from the hands of administration, who put it together based on what they see administrative needs are."
Morinville is predicting revenues to increase by six per cent in 2018, bringing the total to $20.3 million and leaving a surplus of around $500,000.
If approved, the average property owner in Morinville with an estimated home value of $300,000 would see taxes go up by $124 per year.