After three days of deliberations, Sturgeon County council have their new budget.
The unanimously-approved 2018 budget includes a 0.49 per cent increase to address both short and long-term fiscal sustainability, it also invests in programs and community infrastructure.
A single-family residential property assessed at $445,765 will see an approximate annual increase of $8.12 to municipal taxes. The total proposed budget for 2018 is $80.6-million.
“Administration did a good job meeting council’s expectation to keep the budget increase to a minimum,” said mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “With the current economy, it’s necessary that we reduce what we can, therefore council voted to freeze salaries for managers, senior managers and council members.”
Council approved 19 service enhancements, addressing priorities in the areas of transportation, community services and regional planning.
Council added an additional seven enhancements that came from budget information requests including investments in protective services, an additional firefighter, additional library funding and allocated one per cent to drainage.