City approves 5.5 per cent tax increase

Red Deer residents and businesses can expect property taxes to rise an average 5.5 per cent.

Red Deer residents and businesses can expect property taxes to rise an average 5.5 per cent.

On Monday, Red Deer city council unanimously approved the higher tax rate to help pay for four fire-medics and seven Mounties, including one RCMP position which would be paid through a municipal reserve temporarily.

As well, the city will hire nearly a dozen people so they can serve residents living within 7,500 acres that is within Red Deer County currently. Annexation is expected to become official in September, if the province gives approval.

An average residential property assessed at $300,000 will cost $117 more in taxes this year, bringing the total tax bill to $2,223 from $2,106.

Red Deer Mayor Morris Flewwelling said the tax increase is lower than what it has been for the last several years.

“I think it can be attributed to going through the budget with a very fine-tooth comb, both at council and before it went to council,” Flewwelling said.

Council had earlier approved a 7.05 per cent municipal tax increase, but when blended with the education tax rate the final percent was lowered.

“I think the population will realize that we have done the best we can in getting the taxes to a level that maintain the services but don’t create an excessive tax burden,” Flewwelling said.

“The 5.5 per cent is a blended figure. There are people who will see tax increases greater than that and people who will see their taxes drop.”

For the first time, the city held a March session to get early public input on what the 2010 budget should look like. Council will have a budget workshop soon, but already Flewwelling is anticipating an even tighter budget for next year.

“I’ve already said that there won’t be many initiatives that will be undertaken, other than capital,” he said.

Flewwelling stressed that 60 per cent of each tax bill goes directly to the city, but the remaining 40 per cent heads off to the province.

Tax notices will go out in mid-May with payment due on June 30.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

PHOTO: Rainbow Block Party at Red Deer’s West Park

The Trans and Non-Binary Aid Society hosted a Rainbow Block Party at… Continue reading

Blood donations needed in Central Alberta: Canadian Blood Services

357 donors are needed before Aug. 26 at the Red Deer clinic

WATCH: Annual Family Picnic at Central Spray and Play

Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. held the Annual Family Picnic at the… Continue reading

Photos: Smoky conditions in Red Deer

Red Deer and area is experiencing high risk air quality.See related: Red… Continue reading

Committee to decide how millions in Humboldt Broncos donations are split

SASKATOON — Lawyers for the families of some of those who died… Continue reading

Boy, 11, dies after being struck by payloader on southern Alberta ranch

BOW ISLAND, Alta. — A boy has died after an accident on… Continue reading

Liberals look at creating federal holiday to mark legacy of residential schools

OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government wants to establish a holiday to… Continue reading

Thousands of police officers expected at regimental funeral in Fredericton

FREDERICTON — Thousands of police officers and first responders from across the… Continue reading

B.C. declares state of emergency over wildfires

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of… Continue reading

As service refusals make headlines, experts say businesses usually in the wrong

Two Canadian businesses that recently made headlines for refusing customers have learned… Continue reading

Irregular asylum claims increased in July after two months of decline

OTTAWA — The number of irregular border crossers in Canada went up… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month