Council Passes 2019 Budget
Morinville, AB - During the regular Council meeting on December 11, Sturgeon County Council approved holding the line on municipal property taxes for 2019.
Council reviewed and analyzed the operating and capital submissions from Administration in early October over a three-day period. Following that, the budget was deliberated by Council over three days in late November.
“It is our job as Council to ask questions and make tough decisions to ensure that Sturgeon County remains competitive and fiscally responsible, we have an obligation to our residents.” said Mayor, Alanna Hnatiw.
The approved 2019 Operating and Capital Budget maintains the core services that enhance Sturgeon County residents’ quality of life, and addresses investments in community programs, infrastructure with a strong emphasis on public safety.
Some of the initiatives planned for 2019 include:
- Peace Officers (2)
- Water Tanker Truck (Fire Services)
- Increased Roadside Brushing
- Drainage Master plan
- 2019 Census
Investment in infrastructure remains one of Council’s top priorities and 2019 includes continued planning for investments in priority areas such as roads, bridges and drainage through Significant Tax Growth Revenue.
“I am pleased we were able to avoid a tax increase, while managing to maintain, and in some areas, increase service levels.” With the current state of the economy, it’s necessary that we reduce financial strain where we can.” said Hnatiw.
The final municipal tax rate will be approved in the spring of 2019. Residents will see amounts included for education and seniors housing regulated by the province. Utility fees for water and wastewater management will increase by approximately $58 per year for the average residential utility customer in 2019.
The 2019 Operating/Capital Budget document will be available online in early January.
For more information, please contact:
Ed Kaemingh Manager, Financial Services