Council Unanimously Approves 2018 Budget
Following pre-budget meetings and three days of budget deliberations, Sturgeon County Council unanimously approved the 2018 Operating and Capital Budget
Following pre-budget meetings and three days of budget deliberations, Sturgeon County Council unanimously approved the 2018 Operating and Capital Budget which continues to focus on delivering quality services while providing value for taxes to residents.
The recommended budget was approved with a 0.49 per cent increase which addresses both short and long-term fiscal sustainability and invests in programs and community infrastructure.
“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.” said Hnatiw.
Council approved 19 Service Enhancements, many of which addressed priorities in the areas of Transportation, Community Services, and Regional Planning. Council added an additional seven (7) enhancements arising from budget information requests including investments in Protective Services, including an additional Fire Fighter, additional library funding and allocated one per cent to drainage similar to previous budget cycles.
“We have a responsibility to residents and as residents, we need to be informed and participate in deciding where the money goes and how decisions are made. It is our job as Council to listen, ask questions and make tough decisions to ensure that Sturgeon County remains fiscally responsible.” said Hnatiw.
The proposed budget shows a single-family residential property assessed at $445,765 to see an approximate annual increase of $8.12 to municipal taxes. The total proposed budget for 2018 is $80,565,097 of which $53,866,738 is for operations and $26,698,359 for capital.
The 2018 Budget will be available online mid-January.