2013 Red Deer budget projects property tax increase
The City of Red Deer’s 2013 proposed operating budget projects a tax increase of 4.15 per cent.
On Monday, city council will begin reviewing the $284-million budget. If the proposed budget is approved, it means taxes on a house assessed at $285,000 will rise $69 to $1,742. Taxes for that same house in 2012 were assessed at $1,673.
The draft budget also proposes a 4.5 per cent increase for electricity. The budget proposes an increase of 4.4 per cent for water, wastewater, recycling and garbage pickup.
The proposed budget would provide for funding for four new RCMP officers and two municipal employees, funding for road maintenance and repairs, and for operation of three more transit buses. Maintenance of parks and recreation facilities are also among the initiatives in the budget.
City council will hear from department heads on Monday and Tuesday. Council is expected to begin debate on the budget on Wednesday. Budget deliberations will wrap up by Jan. 15.
The public can attend the sessions at City Hall council chambers beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday.