Council approves draft budget for circulation

Circulation of the Town of Sylvan Lake’s 2015-2017 draft budget was approved by council Monday night.

Circulation of the Town of Sylvan Lake’s 2015-2017 draft budget was approved by council Monday night. A period allowing for public input will now precede the budget’s final approval on Dec. 8.

No changes were made to the budget proposed from recent deliberations. It includes a residential tax rate increase of 3 per cent for 2015, and a rate freeze on non-residential.

Much of the increase is a result of the NexSource Centre and projects associated with a recent infrastructure study.

A structural change will also be made to the Town’s Recreation, Parks and Culture department, which is proposed to become separate Parks and Recreation and Culture departments.

That change, according to Town staff, will help deal with increased operational demands resulting from the NexSource Centre, and allow a higher commitment to maintaining parks and enhancing culture-based programming.

The draft budget is available for viewing online on the Town’s website, and in person at the library and the Municipal Government Building.

It will also be presented during an open house at the Municipal Government Building on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In another matter, council on Monday also awarded a contract for the demolition of the old arena and curling rink.

It was awarded to Clearview Grinding Ltd. of Surrey, B.C. at an amount no higher than $312,000.

The demolition, which staff are hoping to see carried out by the end of the year, will clear the way for the construction of the NexSource Centre.

 

Just Posted

Team Canada dancer returns to Red Deer laden with medals

Red Deer dancer wins three silver medals and a bronze at World Championship

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit recognized for human rights advocacy

She was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential human rights advocates

Mentoring program celebrates successful year

FCSS Mentoring Program took the kids bowling Dec. 13

Local author releases brand new international thriller

Retired teacher Larry Stewart hosting a book launch this

Christmas Bureau thankful of community support, generosity

The Christmas Bureau has been helping families in Sylvan Lake for more than 20 years

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

Most Read