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NEWS RELEASE – April 27, 2015

2015 Operating & Capital Budget Approval

The Town of Beaverlodge Council approved the Town’s Operating and Capital Budgets at its meeting held Monday April 27, 2015. The focus of the 2015 was to maintain existing services and program levels and minimize the tax increases, despite continued cuts in provincial funding.

The additional funding requirements of the Town for 2015 are approximately $198,000. This is largely being funded by increasing the Towns portion of the Tax Bill by $19.51 or 2.5% for each $100,000 of assessment. For a typical house assessed at $250, 000 the total impact for Town Services would be $48.78. Once the mandated Provincial Educational Taxes are included the total increase is $29.43 or 2.9% for each $100,000 of assessment or approximately $73.58 for a home assessed at $250,000.

The increase in the Town’s portion of the tax bill was higher than Council anticipated due to further reductions in provincial funding which were announced in the recent Provincial Budget. "The Town was on track to having a tax rate increase of approximately 1.5% prior to receiving news of the Provincial cuts and increases to the mandated education contribution" noted Chief Administrative Officer Chris Parker.

"Council is committed to maintaining a sustainable level of service with modest tax rate increases. I’m pleased that Council and Staff worked very hard to ensure taxpayer dollars are consciously considered in spending allocations and that valued investments are being made in our community," stated Mayor Leona Hanson. In addition to the range of services and programs being funded the budget also provides for the following infrastructure investments:

 Funding of $75,000 for Commercial Kitchen for multi-use Community Hall in new St Mary School

 Funding for surface treatment on 11
th Ave

 $120,00 to improve sidewalks

 An additional $124,000 for road paving

 Tree planting $25,000

 New Ball Fields $30,000

 Water Treatment plant upgrades $250,000

The Town of Beaverlodge continues to be financially stable, with competitive tax rates, growing reserve funds and manageable debt levels. By approving the recommended Operating and Capital Budgets, Council has ensured community services and programs are maintained and that prudent financial planning to meet future requirements are managed in the best possible way.


Mayor Leona Hanson

lhanson@beaverlodge.ca      ph: 780 876-7582


   Community Centre MakeoverAnother 'dream' has been built in Beaverlodge - or 'rebuilt' might be a better term. With the tremendous efforts of the Build a Dream Committee the kitchen at the Community Centre has had a makeover! The $50,000 Project received a huge boost at Monday night's Council meeting when a cheque for $27,000 was presented to the Town by volunteers from the BaD Committee. Representatives from BaD along with spokesperson for the group, volunteer Wayne Bekkerus, were on hand for the presentation. Bekkerus stated, "after wrapping up our initial fundraising efforts that started when the Committee formed in 2010 to raise money for the pool (helped raise over $1million), upgrading the Community Centre kitchen was an easy choice for the group given the need for better space and some new equipment. We approached the Town as a partner to help fund it and we got it done - it worked out good." The Town is so appreciative of the efforts of volunteers in the community. Chris Parker, CAO says, "We have so many great people helping out to make our community the best it can be. We can't thank the BaD volunteers enough for what they've given to make the CC Kitchen remake happen. We couldn't have done it without them or the support they get from our great community - Thank You!" With this latest project completed the BaD Committee is eager to put their efforts to help another dream come true for Beaverlodge. What that is will be decided at the Committee's next meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm in the Walker Room at the Towne Square (new pool facility). Committee Co-Chair, Craig Milliken encourages people to bring project ideas to the table in June. Milliken states, "we're a group of volunteers who have been the drivers behind our fundraising to date. We want folks from the community to come out to our next meeting to help us decide, 'what's the next project' we should take on." He added, "running our annual 'Comedy Night' in October has become our main fundraising event now. Volunteering for projects to help benefit our community is why we're all here and we're eager to see what comes next". With 'Volunteer Week' coming up in April what a great lead in to celebrating the tremendous impact volunteers have on our community. Hats off to our many volunteers and a special thanks to the BaD volunteers for this latest gift to our community here in Beaverlodge...building dreams one project at a time. See picture of BaD Volunteers in the renewed Community Centre here



Are you a student looking for Summer employment?

The Public Works department is accepting applications for various outdoor, physical tasks.

Please forward your resume to the Public Works Manager:

1016 - 4th Avenue,

Box 30

Beaverlodge, AB T0H 0C0

or via email at rwilley@beaverlodge.ca


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