Brazeau County 2023 Passes Interim Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Ken MacInnis

Brazeau County
780-542-7777

kmacinnis@brazeau.ab.ca

 

 

Brazeau County 2023 Passes Interim Budget

 

BRAZEAU COUNTY, December 7, 2022 — On November 25, Brazeau County Council passed an interim budget for 2023, with targeted investment in the County.

 

The interim budget maintains the years-long freeze on municipal taxes. Fees, which were  limited to zero or to minimal levels in previous years, are not set to increase outside campground rentals and non-resident burial plots.

The budget also includes $8.9 million in capital investment in roads, equipment replacement, and other infrastructure.

 

“This budget, just like last year’s, invests heavily in infrastructure to increase service levels,” says Reeve Bart Guyon. “At the same time, we continue to cut expenses so taxes can stay low.”

 

Infrastructure investments and other initiatives include:

  • A new pumper truck for Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services
  • Construction of one mile of Township Road 474
  • A farm plastics recycling program
  • New software to allow campground bookings online
  • Software to enable the County to record Council meetings
  • A new playground at Willey West campground
  • A modernized radio system to allow Fire Services to use the same communication system as the RCMP and other emergency responders
  • An increase in funding to STARS air ambulance
  • Purchase of two blades to allow a tractor and skid steer to be used year-round, complementing the winter maintenance fleet
  • A strategic replacement approach to equipment replacement, based on specific equipment and its use, in order to extend their lifespan.

 

 

 

 

Council passes an interim budget in order to proceed on approved operational and capital projects in the period between now and when the County receives final property assessment information, and approval of a final budget in April.

 

For more information on the Interim Budget, please contact Acting Chief Administrative Officer Colin Swap at 780-542-7777 or cswap@brazeau.ab.ca.

 

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