(December 8, 2014)
City council approves a 3.7 per cent tax increase for 2015 which includes a 2 per cent tax impact for the third year of a four-year investment to enhance police and fire protection and an inflationary increase of 1.7 per cent for all other city departments.
The 2015 budget reflects new service levels and programs to be delivered in the New Year, which include:
Two RCMP members
Youth outreach worker
Continuation of the Farmers’ Market pilot project
Historic research project
Assuming operations of Alexandra Outdoor Pool and new operations of splash park
Report Impaired Driving Program (RID)
Leduc heritage event
Waste diversion strategy for industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-family residential
"This budget is a true reflection of responsible planning, constructive input from citizens and this city’s overall prosperity which helps to ensure Leduc is a thriving success," says Deputy Mayor Dana Smith. "Investing into our community extends farther than roads and parks. In this budget, we’re proud to introduce new programs and initiatives to support our identified strategic goals, such as Community Wellness and Fiscal Sustainability."
The City of Leduc 2015 capital budget of $40.7 million will be dedicated to projects and initiatives dealing with roads, offsite levies, engineering, parks, Public Services, facilities and other capital purchases (see attachment). The 2015 budgeted operating revenue of $90.5 million will be allocated to standard operating expenses, such as Grants to Organizations, contract services, staffing costs and new service levels.
The municipal projected 3.7 per cent tax increase is subject to change in spring 2015.