No Tax Increase in 2017 County Budget
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Rocky View County Council has approved a 2017 operating and capital base budget that continues the County’s long-standing position of having among the lowest residential property tax rates in Alberta.
Council passed a $121.9 million base budget, with no projected increase in taxes and no cuts to public services.
“It’s good news for all Rocky Viewers. Council and Administration have been working hard to ensure the County provides efficient and effective core services. That was important in good economic times, and we are seeing even greater results from that approach in these challenging times,” says Reeve Greg Boehlke. “We have a very strong and sustainable municipality.”
The base budget funds the core services that Rocky View County provides to the municipality, such as road maintenance, bylaw enforcement, fire protection, and recreation. On the capital side, the budget includes funding for the new County Hall, flood mitigation in Bragg Creek, plastic recycling equipment, and four road improvements:
- Bearspaw Road (Township Road 262 to Burma Road)
- Range Road 283 (Township Road 250 to Highway 1)
- Range Road 14 (Crossfield Evacuation Route)
- Range Road 32 (Springbank Road to Township Road 245)
Thanks to growth in the County, the 2017 budget also includes just over $1 million to support any proposed new initiatives or currently unfunded projects. Council will discuss the use of this funding in the New Year, ahead of budget finalization in April.
The actual amount of property taxes anyone pays depends on both the tax rate and the assessed value of the property. Although the County’s budget calls for no increase overall, if a property decreased in assessed value from July of 2015 to July of 2016 it could see a reduction in the taxes owed in 2017. If the property increased in value it could see an increase.
The operating and capital base budget is available for viewing online at our Budget & Finance page. The final 2017 Tax Rate Bylaw will be passed at a public meeting in April.
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