While Santa was busy checking his list twice Central Alberta municipalities were busy double-checking their budget line items.
Most communities have opted to hold the line on taxes or keep increases low for 2018.
Innisfail is going with a zero per cent increase which it says is “setting the tone for an optimistic, yet responsible, fiscal year.”
The operating budget for 2018 is of $20.8 million and the capital budget just short of of $5.1 million. Proposed budgets for 2019 and 2020 were also adopted.
City of Lacombe residents can expect a 1.3 per cent tax rate increase in 2018.
Council passed a $35.6-million operating and $18-million capital budgets earlier this month.
The owner of a typical home assessed at $373,000 can expect to pay an extra $30 on the municipal part of their tax bill.
In Olds, residents can expect a two per cent tax increase for 2018.
Council passed $28.4-million operating and $7.6 million capital budgets earlier this month.
Among capital projects the biggest chunk of cash, $3.04 million is going to roads, trails and improvement projects. Water and sewer infrastructure projects are the next biggest expenditure at $1.58 million.
Stettler’s interim operating budget of $18.3 million anticipates a two per cent municipal tax rate increase.
Stettler is also looking at a $1 million operating budget.