Rocky Montain House passes budget

Rocky Mountain House budget holds the line on taxes.

Rocky Mountain House residents won’t face a higher municipal tax rate next year.

Council approved its budget last week and the owner of a typical $350,000 home whose assessment stayed the same won’t be facing a tax hike.

In fact, the honeowner will see a 0.1 per cent tax decrease — or a $4 annual saving.

Meanwhile, last week council rolled out an action plan to deal with the results of a municipal inspection earlier this year.

The 150-page Alberta Municipal Affairs report makes 47 recommendations, but makes no directives to improve its operations.

Inspectors found some issues, but say the town was generally being run well and is “not being managed in an irregular, improper or improvident manner.”

Eight key recommendations were identified including: conduct councillor training and a core service review, update the council procedural bylaw, improve financial reporting and improve public communications and access to bylaws.

In its action plan, council indicates it will be getting more training early next year and council’s strategic plan will be updated.

Some recommendations, such as a core service review and improving communications with the community by preparing an annual report were put off to 2017 budget delibrations.

Council requested the inspection after residents fell short with a petition asking the Municipal Affairs minister to conduct a review of the town.

Residents were concerned about town spending and the conduct of council among other matters.

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