Next year's budget was given the green light during the final town of Olds council meeting for 2019. Mayor Michael Muzychka says - as determined during last week's budget deliberations - it includes a zero per cent municipal tax increase.
Olds council approved the 2020 budget on Monday, December 9th.
Mayor Michael Muzychka says it includes a zero per cent municipal tax increase. Budget deliberations during the policies & priorities committee meeting on December 2nd saw council and administration turn an operating budget deficit of nearly a half a million dollars into a surplus of just over $38,000.
In the budget, he notes service levels have stayed pretty much flat and the town has been able to add a few key positions to administration.
The 2020 Capital Budget is in the amount of nearly $12.3 million dollars. Mayor Muzychka says an Operations Centre is the big ticket item.
He anticipates that the actual Ops Centre building will cost about $8 million.
Mayor Muzychka explains where it will be located.
At Monday's meeting, Olds council also approved the 2021 Capital Budget in the amount of $3.5 million, the 2021-2030 multi-year Capital Plan in the amount of $43.9 million as well as the he 2020 Operating Budget in the amount of $30.6 million.
Chinook's Edge School Division's Superintendent says a new fee of $200 dollars for rural bus riders who are more than 2.4 kilometers from their school will be implemented this fall. Kurt Sacher notes it is part of a new cost-recovery fee model which will also include an increase from just over $300 dollars to $500 dollars for in-town riders.
The Olds RCMP Detachment, Olds Rural Crime Watch, Torrock Towing, as well as the Olds & District Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a special event this week. Coffee with the Olds RCMP runs from 3 until 5pm on Wednesday, January 22nd at the Olds Auction Mart Cafe.
Donations for the Mountain View Food Bank were collected on Saturday, January 18th at the Westview Co-op food store in Carstairs. An RCMP Cruiser was Crammed plus the back of a Co-op SUV. When you combine the Carstairs totals with the Cram the Cruiser results from Olds on January 11th, over 5380 pounds of food has been gathered up for the Mountain View Food Bank this month thanks to the Westview Co-op, local RCMP and the generous donations from members of the community.
The first general meeting of the new year for members of the Didsbury & District Chamber of Commerce is coming up on Wednesday, January 22nd at 7pm at the Train Station. Diana Steer, Executive Director of the Didsbury Chamber, says it is a great time to network.
Innisfail RCMP say 23 year old Devyn Michael Hendriksen is currently WANTED on warrants related to an armed robbery and home invasion at an apartment in Innisfail, Alberta. RCMP are currently seeking information on his location (photo attached). Innisfail RCMP are thankful to the public for assisting with this investigation. If you have information about this or any other crime, please contact the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3341 or your local police service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tip