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City of Lacombe reacts to 2019 Provincial Budget

City disappointed with significant reductions contained in the Government of Alberta’s 2019 Budget

While the City of Lacombe is disappointed with the significant reductions contained in the Government of Alberta’s 2019 Budget, the City is committed to a productive working relationship with the Province in support of its mandate: to create jobs, grow the economy, and protect critical services while balancing the budget by 2023.

“Although we are clearly entering a period of fiscal belt-tightening, the City of Lacombe is resilient,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “Our strength has always been in working together to succeed together. Given the province’s current financial realities, we anticipated a budget of restraint and prepared our 2020 budget accordingly to account for the reduction in municipal funding.”

Council will continue its policy of aligning tax rate increases to inflation. This allows the municipality to keep pace with the rising cost of delivery for services to the residents without placing undue burden on taxpayers.

“Council, together with City staff, are working diligently to maintain and deliver essential services that protect and enhance the quality of life for residents at a reasonable cost,” said Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy. “The City will continue to look for efficiencies in the way we deliver programs and services to citizens as we work with the Province to learn more about how this budget will impact Lacombe.”

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

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