The County of Stettler’s 2020 budget is going to be even tighter than many people expected, heard council during a report at the March 11 regular council meeting.
Christa Cornelssen, director of Corporate Services, presented councillors with a memo requesting a meeting with council to make important decisions about the 2020 budget.
“Due to recent budget announcements by the provincial government as well as assessment numbers we need to discuss the revised budget with council and departments,” stated Cornelssen in her report.
“We are proposing to meet with departments in mid-March to discuss implications.”
The provincial government previously made announcements about increased policing costs that will be passed directly to municipal taxpayers, plus other changes such as a cut in tax rates for shallow gas producers.
County CAO Yvette Cassidy told councillors they need to cut more money out of the budget as the revenues don’t balance the expenditures expected from the municipality.
Cassidy said the exact figure was not known at the March 11 meeting but it was likely between $1.5 million and $1.8 million.
After discussion, councillors elected to hold budget talks on March 23 – 24.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter