Programs, services remain intact following challenging budget year
Prince Albert City Council has approved the 2018 Municipal Budget in another enormously challenging year that had the City facing a $3.0 million funding shortfall going into 2018 following budget cuts from the provincial government last year.
The total approved general fund budget for 2018 is $70.1 million which is a $2.2 million increase from 2017. Once all revenues and expenses are accounted for, the City of Prince Albert will require an additional $443,000 from property taxes which represents a 1.5% increase.
“We are not cutting any services. All programs remain intact and we will continue along the path of renewing Prince Albert’s old infrastructure,” said Mayor Greg Dionne. “We worked to keep the tax increase low to ease the tax burden on both our residents and businesses.”
The City of Prince Albert once again relied upon some short term measures to balance the budget including keeping positions vacant and using $1 million from the 2017 surplus that was already paid for by taxpayers.
“Administration has once again been able to find efficiencies in our operations and generate revenues that do not rely solely on our property tax payers, but we remain under significant financial pressure,” said Jim Toye, City Manager for the City of Prince Albert. “This was a very difficult budget year and we are not out of the worst of it yet.”
In 2018 a number of projects will move forward that will see renewal of City parks, facilities and infrastructure including, among other things, the restoration of the Little Red River Park riverbank, a new Kinsmen Water Park main pool, new spray park and neighbourhood park in Crescent Acres, new tennis and basketball courts at Midtown community club, new ball diamond at Prime Minister’s Park, new and restored water reservoirs and a new parking lot at Art Hauser Centre.
For more details please also see the 2018 Budget Summary available online at http://citypa.ca/City-Hall/Budget-Information/General-Fund
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Mayor Greg Dionne