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Town's 2018 budget proposes 3% property tax increase

continued from front
to have a budget in place for the following year Recycling Center, an additional FCSS outreach Budget deliberations are expected to continue
by the end of the current calendar year. This year worker, Parent Link, Vision Park, subdivision at the next Committee of the Whole meeting and
continued from front administration proposed adopting the 2018 development, and more. will be adopted at a regular council meeting
continued from front budget and making any amendments if needed More information was requested on a variety of before the end of the year.
once the final numbers are in rather than adopting items.
continued from front both an interim and final budget. The proposed 2018 capital budget includes
The proposed 2018 operational budget as ongoing projects such as the wastewater treatment
presented called for a 3.5% increase in property facility, roads, public works equipment, Kinsmen
taxes (later requested by council to be limited to a Park playground resurfacing, and the preliminary
3% increase) and includes a re-introduction of site selection/conceptual design of a multi-use
reserve transfers, an overhaul in how wages are facility.
allocated, a 3% wage increase for CUPE
employees as per their contract agreement, a
2.36% increase for salaried employees, and
Misadventures proposed changes to utility rates.
In a report presented to council administration
has reviewed and compared Edson's current water
and sewer rates with those of other communities
including Hinton, Whitecourt, Drayton Valley,
Spruce Grove, Ponoka, Sylvan Lake, Rocky
Mountain House, Fox Creek, and Jasper. The
proposed utility rate changes would see the
average residential monthly utility bill increase
from $68.49 to $75.42 and monthly commercial
utility bills increase from $184.27 to $222.40.
Last year the Town adopted a 0% property tax
increase budget but cut back reserve transfers and
originally had a 0% increase for salaried staff as
well. Upon receipt of the final numbers council
approved the surplus to be applied towards annual
wage increases.
A number of discussions were held as council
reviewed the budget including: whether or not to
approve the purchase of audio visual equipment
to allow live streaming of meetings, the
possibility of hiring an information technology
person, the value of staff wellness programming,
the number of cats being taken to the pound, the
benefits of leasing versus buying equipment for
public works, the responsibility of the province
versus the town for maintaining the highway,
capital funds allocation (or lack thereof) to the


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