Interim budget approved so town can continue operating

During their regular meeting Dec. 9, Sylvan Lake councillors:

During their regular meeting Dec. 9, Sylvan Lake councillors:

• approved an interim budget so the town can continue operating in 2014 prior to completion of a final budget.

It’s anticipated the 2014 budget will be passed by council in February, after extensive presentations in January.

• agreed to conditionally provide an operating grant equal to property taxes to Incline Industries Youth Foundation based on the portion of the building on 50th Street that is leased by the group and 50 per cent of the adjacent parking lot. The grant would be paid for the four years 2013 through 2016 based on the town receiving certain financial documents from the non-profit society. Incline operates an indoor skate and BMX park at that location.

Councillors spent considerable time discussing the issue. The first motion, proposed by staff was lost in a tied vote. Subsequent motions which reduced the amount of the overall grant were unanimously supported.

Mayor Sean McIntyre was absent.