Blackfalds council will hold open house next week

The 2018 budget to be finalized by end of December

Blackfalds Town Council and administration are inviting the public to their Budget Open House on Nov. 29th from 5 – 6:45 p.m. at the Civic Cultural Centre (5018 Waghorn St.) prior to the annual Light Up Blackfalds event at 7:00 p.m.. Councillors and staff will be on hand to answer any questions and solicit suggestions.

For the ninth year in a row, Blackfalds has displayed above provincial average growth with an annual population increase of 4.27 percent in 2017, surpassing Alberta’s average of 1.51 percent. This significant growth presents a challenge for the new Council who were tasked with prioritizing expenditures at last weekend’s budget deliberations. As a result, the Town is looking to increase taxes by only 1.1 percent and is excited to move forward on several large-scale capital projects which include:

• Twinning the Multi-Plex Arena architectural design and construction plans ($750K)

• Phase 2 of solar integration at the Civic and Culture Centre ($160K)

• New outdoor rink at Pine Crecent ($450K)

• New playground at Valley Crescent ($125K)

• Moving old skateboard park to the East side of town ($40K)

The budget will be finalized before December 31.

– Connolly

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