Stettler Board of Trade asks, gets $34,000 budget increase from town

Stettler Board of Trade asks, gets $34,000 budget increase from town

Museum gets same funding as previous year, didn’t ask for increase

By Kevin J Sabo

For the Independent

Stettler Board of Trade will see an increase for their 2019 budget.

The Stettler Board of Trade (BOT) sought a $34,000 increase over 2018, resulting in a total budget contribution from the town being just over $290,000.

“You guys really are important to our development and our future,” said Mayor Sean Nolls.

Council passed it unanimously.

The Stettler Board of Trade promotes business growth and tourism in the community and around the province. Locally, the board hosts several annual events, such as the Awards Gala in the fall, the trade-show in the spring, the pheasant festival, business mixers, and managing the Heart of Alberta Dollars program. On a provincial basis, the Stettler Board of Trade interacts with chambers of other municipalities and promotes tourism and business in the town.

READ MORE: Former Stettler Regional Board of Trade president assumes vacancy. Replaces outgoing president Matt Wall

Council approved the Stettler Museum budget for 2019. The town’s portion of the museum’s 2019 budget will remain at $34,000, the same as 2018. The museum didn’t ask for an increase in funding.

READ MORE: Hundreds turn out for Stettler museum’s pancake breakfast, market

Other highlights of the Dec. 4 meeting:

• In preparation of the 2019 budget, council is writing off about $14,000 of bad debt accounts, mainly in the form of unpaid utility bills. The outstanding bills are being transferred to debt collectors for collections but the debt won’t be used for budgeting calculations. This write-off represents around .37 per cent of the total town budget.

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