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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Lacombe City Council approves 2022 Operating Budget

Lacombe, Alberta (October 26, 2022) – Lacombe City Council approved the 2022 Operating Budget based on Council's desire to limit the tax increase to 2.7 percent, with an additional one percent Special Paving Tax.

"Lacombe City Council's approval of the 2022 Operating Budget aligns with Council's goal of maintaining tax increases to inflation," Mayor Grant Creasey said. "Council looks forward to providing value to our residents while ensuring costs are kept to a minimal.

"Council realizes the one percent Special Paving Tax fall outside of our CPI target. Given the need to ensure Lacombe's roads are kept to the highest standard of quality and safety – this is a necessary step."

The 2022 Budget process started in March 2021, when Council received and adopted the 2021 budget schedule.

Utility Funded Operations

Water

The proposed 2022 budget for revenues and expenses in the water department is $114,000 higher than the 2021 approved budget.

The proposed budget includes a 2.7 percent or $89,000 increase in user fees. The water rate will increase from $2.56 per cubic meter in 2021 to $2.63 per cubic meter in 2022.

Similarly, the flat utility rate will increase from $27.82 to $28.57 per month on all active accounts.

On the expenditure side, the 2022 budget includes an $85,000 increase in contract services for a contracted Data Analyst and the City of Lacombe water Loss Assessment Study.

Wastewater

The wastewater department's proposed 2022 revenue and expenditure budget is approximately $43,000 less than the 2021 approved budget.

The proposed 2022 wastewater budget includes a 2.7 per cent increase in user fees.

Commission. The wastewater rate will increase from $2.75 per cubic meter in 2021 to $2.82 per cubic meter in 2022.

Similarly, the flat utility rate will increase from $20.79 to $21.35 per month on all active accounts.

Solid Waste

The proposed 2022 budget for the solid waste department is approximately 1.4 percent or $36,000 higher than the 2021 approved budget. A Solid Waste Operator position was approved, increasing from a casual to a full-time position.

Any adjustments, if required, to the Operating Budget will come during the Spring Amendments.

For additional information, contact:

Todd Vaughan
Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
(403)782-1236 office
(403)877-4394 cell
tvaughan@lacombe.ca

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