Leduc County council approves 2016 interim budget

Dec. 10, 2015 – Leduc County council approved a two-per-cent tax dollar budget increase for the 2016 interim budget on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The interim municipal operating budget from municipal tax dollars is set at $38 million, with the interim municipal capital budget from municipal tax dollars set at $7.5 million. These figures represent a two-per-cent tax dollar budget increase over the final 2015 budget.

“Leduc County council remains committed to providing high quality services as effectively and efficiently as possible,” says Mayor John Whaley. “This two-per-cent increase allows Leduc County to maintain the current level of services offered to residents and business owners.”

The passing of the interim budget allows projects to proceed before the 2016 budget is given final approval and tax rates are set in early May. Notices will be mailed to all ratepayers in May after council sets the 2016 tax rates.

Included in the tax notices will be the Government of Alberta’s education property tax rate, which Leduc County is required to collect on behalf of the province to fund schools across the province; Leduc County has no input or control of the education tax rates. In 2015, the education property tax accounted for more than 30 per cent of property taxes collected by Leduc County.

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