BUDGET TIME - Paul Goranson

Proposed tax increase lowered for Red Deerians

Council wraps day one of budget talks at City Hall

  • Jan. 11, 2017 4:36 a.m.

On day one of its operating budget meeting, Red Deer City council heard presentations from administration to get a sense of just what the City is working with for 2017.

The City manager’s report covered the recent economic forecast, council guidelines for the recommended budget and priorities gathered from citizen surveying.

“Today was an opportunity to get the economic context locally and to start thinking in terms of the various options that we have at our disposal tomorrow,” said Mayor Tara Veer.

The tax rate increase needed to balance the budget is now 2.45%, said Chief Financial Officer Dean Krejci, a reduction from the initial 2.51%. The decrease came as a result of moving software support and maintenance under the Enterprise Business Applications Project to 2018.

The original 2.51% increase comprised of 1% for capital contribution, 1.29% for operating costs and 0.22% to pay the provincial carbon tax. This would mean for a home assessed at $325,000, the owner would pay an extra $50 in municipal taxes this year.

Krejci said this year’s budget will be one of the most challenging for the City. He cites the need to keep up with public demand for City services, with reduced revenues while keeping the tax rate increase to a palatable level.

Director of Corporate Services Paul Goranson gave the final presentation of the day today, highlighting organizational changes he said have allowed the City to provide better services more efficiently. In total, $6.1 million in cost savings and revenue generation ideas for council to consider.

Council is expected to begin deliberations tomorrow at 1 p.m. at City Hall. Budget talks are scheduled through to Jan. 20th.

joseph.ho@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Red Deerian receives nation’s highest volunteer honour

Sharon Schultz awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Man dead after collision in Red Deer County

A second man taken to hospital with injuries; cause of collision remains under investigation

Home reno show set for this weekend

Event takes place at Red Deer’s Westerner Park Oct. 20th-22nd

United Way Central Alberta holds Sockey Night

Sockey Night in Red Deer is Oct. 21st

Sexual and Gender Diversity Campaign set for next week

Red Deer College’s Students’ Association hosting campaign Oct. 24th and 26th

WATCH: Foster and Kinship Caregiver Week on now

Red Deer ceremony honours foster families

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Outspoken Mountie assigned to admin duties for refusing to shave goatee

The 15-year veteran of the force said he believes the RCMP is targeting him

Victim in fatal ammonia leak remembered for his passion and smile

Friends and colleagues remember Lloyd Smith as someone who was always willing to help people

Plane lands on Highway 97 near Prince George

Pilot safely makes emergency landing on a highway

Canadian planet hunter seeking alien life

‘The shifting line of what is crazy’ says Toronto-born astrophysicist

Most Read