Red Deer County council gives approval to 2015 budget

Red Deer County’s 2015 operating and capital budgets were given council’s approval Dec. 9, with capital spending down significantly

Red Deer County’s 2015 operating and capital budgets were given council’s approval Dec. 9, with capital spending down significantly from this year.

The 2015 capital budget is set at $20,530,588 — a decrease of more than $6 million from 27,437,553 in 2014. The 2015 operating budget of $46,425,598 is up from $45,441,289 in 2014.

Much of the significant decrease in capital spending is the result of a number of major one-off projects now being complete.

More than $3 million of the operating budget is being set aside for potential outside funding requests.

Special levies will remain unchanged in 2015: environmental at 0.1590, protective services at 0.5000 and community services at 0.4000.

Heather Gray, the county’s director of corporate services, feels the county is fiscally healthy due to the lowered capital spending and strong reserves.

Mayor Jim Wood said the county will still be able to carry out major construction projects that will benefit ratepayers.

Council voted unanimously in favour of approving the budget. Administration said all public input received over a two-week period was taken into account.

Budget highlights include $1.5 million for a landfill reclamation project, $4.1 million for bridge repairs, $6 million for a road paving program, $1.7 million for an airport expansion request and $1.1 million over two years for the Sylvan Lake Multiplex Redevelopment Project.


Just Posted

Motorist dies near Ponoka after loose tire collides with vehicle

Ponoka RCMP seek assistance in locating vehicle belonging to the tire

Third annual event honours youth friendly business

Three Sylvan Lake businesses were recognized Dec. 11 for role in supporting youth

Toque Toss brings in warm clothing for communities

Bantam AA Tigers asked attendees at their Dec. 10 game to toss hats, mitts, socks and more on the ice

Senior girls win gold at home tournament

The H.J. Cody Lakers hosted a basketball tournament Dec. 8-9

Christmas classics and more at the House of Music Christmas Recital

The Christmas recital was held at the Alliance Church on Dec. 9

WATCH: Red Deer’s Outreach Centre begins construction with a smash

Dragon Fly Centre, a location dedicated to healing for children and youth

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Toronto FC to hold victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Canada’s only commercial spaceport hopes to launch 12 rockets per year

Nova Scotia’s rocket launch site hopes to eventually host 12 launches per year

‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globes

The nominees were announced from Beverly Hills after still-burning fires ravaged Southern California for the past week.

VIDEO: ‘Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with droids, Daisy Ridley

Latests Star Wars film premiered in style ahead of Dec. 15 theatre debut

Most Read