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​March 18 2019

 On Monday March 18th Council approved the 2019 tax supported operating budget. The approved budget combined a number of new initiatives to move Drumheller forward, savings in the operational budget which resulted in a 1.9% increase in the municipal portion of property tax.

"As council we would like to thank administration for working to find reductions in our operating budget. Expenses cut were a result of months of long detailed examination of the operating budget item by item. We found and initiated savings of $407,000, which equates to approximately 4.9% of the 5% reduction requested by Council. Throughout the year, together, we will continue to look for ways to streamline our operations," explained Deputy Mayor Fred Makowecki. "At the same time, including as many new requests for funding we could afford including the Economic Task Force recommendation of a full time Economic Development Officer, we still had new spending in excess of $300,000. It is only through the efficiencies in operating found by administration the tax increase was kept to a minimum."

"This year we will see a reduced rural MSI (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) grant, an increase in energy costs, plus the carbon tax, all which are out of our control. The 1.9% equates to a $3 per month average increase for the homeowner ", added Mayor Heather Colberg. "We are proud of the efforts of administration to lower our expenditures and fund programs within our budget. These savings found will enable the implementation of complex, strategic and economic plans to support productive growth and change in the community."

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding 

Communications Officer

403 8231320

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