Town of Stettler starts months-long budget process

One of the few reminders that it is December that doesn't involve the Christmas season is the municipal budget.

One of the few reminders that it is December that doesn’t involve the Christmas season is the municipal budget.

Town staff and council met last week on Monday, Nov. 28 to start going over the possibilities for budget, listening to the different members of staff make their recommendations before making initial choices.

Even though a final operating budget and the resultant tax rates won’t be final until late spring, in order for the Town of Stettler to function as of Jan. 1, 2017, an interim budget has to be approved. The interim budget is also required under the Municipal Government Act.

“By the time we get all our provincial grants in, it’s usually about May,” Town of Stettler Assistant CAO Steve Gerlitz said. It’s not feasible for the town to not bill people for garbage, recycling, water and wastewater until that budget is set, however.

Recommendations will be presented at the Tuesday, Dec. 6 meeting, where council will vote to approve or not approve the interim budget.

Under the proposed 2017-2019 budget, there would be a two per cent municipal tax increase, a water rate increase of five cents, a sewer rate increase of 50 cents, a garbage rate increase of 50 cents, and a recycling rate increase of 25 cents.

According to CAO Greg Switenky, the numbers add up to roughly $60 more a year for a town property owner in a property assessed at $250,000. Assessments lower and higher would see a lower and higher increase respectively.

Gerlitz said that there usually is not “much change” between the interim budget and the actual budget, with the changes involving the few items that are given to the town late such as the grants and school taxes. The overall tax bill includes some rates that are outside of the town’s control, such as housing and school taxes. Those numbers also need to be prepared and given to council before a final budget, and tax rate, can be set.

Bylaws approving the garbage, recycling, and water/wastewater billing changes will be presented to council on Dec. 6 as well.

Just Posted

Update on fatal shooting near Stettler

Police say officer dragged before shooting

Watch: Gravel truck turns into wrong off-ramp at Highway 2 Ponoka

The new Highway 2 and Highway 53 intersection at Ponoka caused some confusion for one driver

Stettler armed robber convicted in court Oct. 12

Jayson Marshall gets over two years in jail

CORRECTED Donalda Creamery plans on tap Oct. 23

Architects to answer public’s questions about plans

WATCH: ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting during crime spree

Shots fired on two occasions during incidents, one suspect remains in hospital with serious injuries

VIDEO: Tragically Hip singer-songwriter Gord Downie dies at 53

Downie had been fighting brain cancer for over a year

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Most Read

Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.