$42 million operating budget approved by Red Deer County

Red Deer County councillors approved capital and operating budgets for 2014 during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Red Deer County councillors approved capital and operating budgets for 2014 during their regular meeting Tuesday.

A sole amendment was made to the budget drafted earlier this month, with $500,000 added for snow plowing.

That funding is the result of “the larger amount of snow at this point in the winter”, according to a county release. Final operating budget was approved at $42,200,981, and capital at $21,828,169.

The latter dropped by more than $4 million, due to a decrease in the number of large-scale projects.

In the release, Mayor Jim Wood said council was “very happy” with the budget.

“We feel this will allow us to carry on the high levels of service to our ratepayers without a significant impact on taxes.”

Director of Corporate Services Heather Gray also voiced her approval.

“The budget is both sensible and aggressive in terms of balancing services with costs,” she said. “Ratepayers will be pleased to know the county remains in a healthy financial position.”

More information, including a list of budget highlights, is available on the county’s website at www.rdcounty.ca.

 

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