Red Deer County tabled the 2020-22 Operating Expenditures and 2020-2024 Capital Projects at their regular Council meeting on December 3. County Council is now seeking public input on the budget, which holds service levels steady with only a minor projected tax rate increase.
Mayor Jim Wood commented, “This budget outlines some exciting initiatives underway in our County. Among these are technology upgrades, and improvements to major infrastructure in the County. That said, items like road and bridge upgrades still make up the bulk of our Capital budget. The County remains a safe, prosperous, and modern place to live. We have a great quality of life here, and it is my hope that this budget document clearly outlines our plan to keep Red Deer County a place that people are proud to call home. I would like to thank our staff for their hard work in getting the budget to this point.”
According to Director of Corporate Services Heather Surkan, “Administration has put in a great deal of work to create a budget that reflects Council’s strategic direction while keeping the long-term finances of the County healthy. We remain committed to transparent financial reporting to the public.”
Capital spending in 2020 will increase from last year’s $28.7M to $32.3M. The Operating budget will also see an increase - from $51.8M to $54.4M. Administration expects to continue the trend of consistent road, bridge work, and construction projects while not creating unnecessary tax increases to the public.
Members of the public now have two weeks to comment on the information presented. The draft budget report can be found at www.rdcounty.ca. Once comments are received, the budget will go before Council on December 17 for approval.