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Town of Stettler approves capital budget

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At the Feb. 6 Town of Stettler Council meeting, council approved the 2024 capital budget.

In total, the 2024 capital is approved for just under $5.2 million, with major projects to include sidewalk construction along Spruce Drive, a replacement parking lot at the health unit, road improvements, and pathway development around Homesteaders’ Park.

The budget was first introduced to council during budget deliberations on Jan. 23, when Town of Stettler department heads presented their proposed projects to council.

A press release announcing the budget approval notes that “maintenance of key infrastructure remains a priority” in the community.

Most major projects completed in Stettler are funded through provincial and federal grants like the Local Government Fiscal Framework and the Canadian Community Building Fund.

“The Town’s Administration has come through with an amazing budget that addresses our infrastructure requirements while still saving for crucial future projects,” said Mayor Sean Nolls, in the media release.

“Their ability to address emergent needs and pinpoint the needs of our future never ceases to amaze myself and Council. Our new CAO and incoming Assistant CAO have made a seamless transition throughout this process.”

Although our infrastructure needs are not always the most ‘fun’ and ‘exciting,’ they must always remain our priority as they keep our community thriving.”

As part of the capital budget, and as per the Municipal Government Act, the Town of Stettler includes a five-year budget forecast.

The 2024 interim budget was passed at a meeting on Dec. 19, 2023.