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Blackfalds tax hike held to 1.5%

Blackfalds residents will face an average property tax increase of 1.5 per cent next year.

Town council passed a $19.9-million operating and $5.5-million capital budget this week.

“The percentage increase is consistent with the goals of the town council to provide for steady operations through tax stabilization reserves and prevent spikes in property taxation and user-fee revenues,” says the town in a statement.

Residents will also pay $1 more for water service and $3.93 more for garbage service each month.

Blackfalds has been growing quickly over the last five years. Population has increased from 5,610 in 2009 to 7,275 this year. The number of new addresses has grown from 2,380 in 2009 to 3,173 and road network has increased from 56 km to 70 km, according to statistics kept by the town.

Meanwhile, Blackfalds has found its new chief administrative officer.

Town council has hired Myron Thompson and he will begin his new job on Jan. 2.

Thompson, currently the CAO of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, served as assistant chief administrative officer in Sylvan Lake prior to moving to Crowsnest Pass.

He will replace Corinne Newman, who retires at the end of the year.

 

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