Council Approves 2021 Budget

Rocky View County Council has approved a one-half percent increase for the 2021 operating and capital budget, following on this year’s 3% tax decrease.

The impacts of COVID-19, downloaded costs from the province, and continuing challenges in Alberta’s oil patch will see County revenue drop by an estimated 10.6 percent in 2021.

“Accommodating that reduction without drastic cuts to public services and only a 0.5 percent tax increase has been a major challenge as well as a major accomplishment for Council and administration,” says County Reeve Dan Henn.

The operating budget for next year is expected to be $194 million, in addition to nearly $14 million slated for capital projects. Approximately $73 million, or less than half is funded through municipal property taxes. The County continues to build and plan for the future with $2.9 million in road improvements as well as flood management totaling over $5.5 million.

On the reduction side next year, landowners in Langdon, Harmony and Watermark will be responsible for snow removal from the sidewalks in front of their property similar to the majority of municipalities in western Canada. The County will also reduce its vegetation control program on roadsides throughout the municipality, along with a staff and councillor salary freeze that began this year.

“Rocky View County continues to be a model of financial sustainability, but this year’s budget shows we are not without our challenges. Council and administration worked hard to help residents and businesses owners during these difficult economic times, and we did that without dipping into savings. Hard work and good decision making are how we get things done at Rocky View County,” Henn says.

The approved 2021 budget will be posted on the County’s website by mid-December.

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