Welcome to the 2017 Annual Report. In addition to our financial statistics, you can read about all of the things our County was proud to have accomplished in the last 12 months.
Among those things are an aggressive but balanced budget with zero tax increases and a continuation of the planning and development fee amnesty to stimulate the economy and create jobs. More than $30 million is being invested in infrastructure projects, with almost $24 million going into roads. The infrastructure improvements are spread out geographically to enhance the entire County. We also have again provided for a tax rebate for some commercial and industrial properties. This year’s rebate is 30% of municipal taxes. All of this was accomplished despite a significant drop in linear revenue.
Earlier this year, we also eliminated off-site levies in order to relieve the financial burden on our residents and promote development. On May 1, we launched a municipal energy efficiency rebate program to help our residents save energy and money. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the program, and to increase your savings by also using the Energy Efficiency Alberta rebate program. You can read more about that in this issue.
We will celebrate the rebate program and encourage energy efficiency and economic development at the County’s first-ever Eco- Fair on Saturday, June 23rd in the Administration Building parking lot. You are not going to want to miss this chance to visit vendors, learn about energy, the environment, and support local business!
Council has outlined its priorities for the County for the near and not-so-near future, including maintaining and developing our partnerships with our municipal neighbours, supporting the TransAlta Brazeau Pumped Hydro Project, building roads, and ensuring Brazeau County is a great place for developers and economic development. We continue to lobby senior governments for more policing and school resources, disaster funding, and initiatives to help our residents and businesses flourish.
Please enjoy the Annual Report, and do not hesitate to ask me, a councillor, or staff for answers to questions you may have. We are always open to thoughts, ideas, and solutions to make our County even better as we move forward.
As the weather finally starts to warm up, I wish you a happy spring and summer. I hope you get outside and enjoy all the County has to offer. Save money and see you at the Eco-Fair!
Reeve, Brazeau County