Operating and capital budgets for 2018 have officially been approved by Blackfalds town council.
The budget totals $34.4 million, with a $26,566,680 operating budget which includes a 1.1 per cent property tax increase – an average of an additional $24 per family based on a $315,000 home assessment.
Town of Blackfalds Mayor Richard Poole said the reaction from residents has been generally positive, and he’s heard no complaints regarding the tax increase, which bodes well for what they’ve laid out in the budget.
“Town council worked very hard. We’ve gone through a number of meetings in order to prepare and provide the feedback administration needed,” he said. “To get it done at this time of year is a really excellent feeling for us. There’s a lot of communities that put if off to January and February. For us to get it done in an election year and have it done in the second week of December is really good.”