As part of the City of Red Deer 2017 operating budget, it is planning to increase utility rates effective March 1, ranging between 0.95 and three per cent.
These are the consumptive rate increases:
- Electric Light and Power, 3 per cent
- Garbage, 2.7 per cent
- Recycling, residential and multifamily, three per cent and 3.75 per cent respectively
- Landfill, 2.9 per cent
- Recyclable/compostable tipping fee, 2.9 per cent
- Water, 2.88 per cent
- Wasterwater, 0.95 per cent
A one per cent tax increase in the city’s 2017 draft operating budget will equal $1,264,000.
In 2018, the city will host the 2018 Alberta Urban Municipalities annual conference, which will bring about 1,000 delegates into the city.
On a positive note, the city has seen some increase in grants including for Family and Community Support Services and new federal money for public transit, and interest rates for borrowing are low.
There will be opportunities for the public to provide budget input up until Dec. 22. To view the budget on line go to www.reddeer.ca/budget.