Unless the situation changes drastically forcing changes in the early part of 2022, the Town of Stettler is poised to hold the line on taxes for a third year.
During budget deliberations held in council chambers on Dec. 7, 2021, chief administrative officer Greg Switenky presented his proposed budget to council.
Along with the municipal tax rate, the municipal water, sewer, garbage, and recycling rates would all remain at 2021 levels as well.
Thanks to some modest growth in the community, the budget will grow by around $23,500, which will help offset rising costs.
Overall, the total 2022 operating budget for the town will be just over $19 million, with around $700,000 available for capital expenses.
“This is a great budget that is easy to digest,” said Mayor Sean Nolls.
“It gives us the whole story. The most important thing is the end result. It makes it easy for the general public to digest.”
The extended budget for 2023 and 2024 would see modest 2 per cent residential and non-residential tax increases for both those years.
On the water and sewer side of things, the extended budget proposes a $4.08 per year increase for water each year, and a $3 per year increase in sewer fees.
Council will pass the interim 2022 budget, and its associated bylaws, at the Dec. 21, 2021 council meeting, a necessity required by the Municipal Government Act so that the town can continue operating into the new year.
The final 2022 budget will be passed sometime in the spring.