Innisfail passes budget

Innisfail is the latest municipality to hold the line on taxes in 2017.

Innisfail residents won’t see a tax rate increase next year.

Given the economic challenges of the last couple of years, town council asked staff to come back with a budget built on no tax rate increase.

Combined with a small decrease in property values, some residents may find themselves playing less on municipal taxes than they did this year, says the town.

The budget “represents a restrained yet responsible approach to municipal funding,” says the town in a news release.

Council approved a $20.7 million operating and $6.7 million capital budget last week.

Residents will see small increases in water rates — $2.20 per cubic metre, up from $2.15. Wastewater rates will increase 20 cents to $3.05 per cubic metre.

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