Red Deer County approved 2013 budget

Red Deer County councillors unanimously approved the 2013 budget during their regular meeting Dec. 18.

Red Deer County councillors unanimously approved the 2013 budget during their regular meeting Dec. 18.

Administration received no comments when the budget was tabled for public input at council’s Dec. 4 meeting.

“In summary, this is a very achievable and fair budget,” said Heather Gray, Red Deer County’s director of corporate services.

The tax rate will not be set until spring, when more data is available, according to a press release.

Expected capital spending of more than $26 million next year is a significant drop from the past year’s expenses, which totalled more than $42 million.

The decrease reflects the amount of work completed in 2012, due to several projects held over from 2011 because of bad weather.

According to the release, over $15 million will be spent on road projects in 2013.

“I just want to say that I believe that Red Deer County is in a very strong financial position,” said Mayor Jim Wood.

Next year’s operating expenses are expected to be over $39 million.

“This is just the first step in getting into our next year’s budget process and determining taxes,” said Councillor David Hoar.

Just Posted

Construction moving ahead on Sylvan Lake wastewater line to Red Deer

The regional wastewater line is expected to be operational by spring 2019

Sylvan Lake’s Our Lady of Assumption looking to the future

The Catholic church is in the early stages of planning for a new church building

Sylvan Lake senior girls Lakers wash over Falcons

The H.J. Cody senior girls Lakers won the recent volleyball game against St. Joe’s 3 sets to zero

Ponoka County fire crews handle second baler fire in 12 hours

Fire crews handled a baler fire just west of Gull Lake

WATCH: Canadian Finals Rodeo only two weeks away

Mayor calls CFR an opportunity to showcase Red Deer

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to young people

B.C. high school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A Mt. Boucherie teacher has been charged with child luring, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Migrants, police mass in town on Guatemala-Mexico border

Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

Trump: ‘Severe’ consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi

Pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak on Wednesday said it had obtained audio recordings of the alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Most Read