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Foothills County delays decision on status-quo budget

The draft 2024 Foothills County budget includes a 3.57 per cent tax increase, and council will next discuss it on Dec. 13.
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The 2024 Foothills County operating budget was discussed on Nov. 29 and will next be on the agenda on Dec. 13.

A draft budget for the coming year was reviewed, but not approved, by Foothills County council on Nov. 29. 

The draft 2024 Foothills County budget proposes a 3.57 per cent tax increase that is expected to cost the average residential taxpayer about $18.50 more each month in property taxes, if it is approved, the County said.

When the budget was presented, County staff said the tax increase includes a three per cent cost of living adjustment and a $1 million contingency. The tax increase does not include any changes to the 2023 education requisition amount. 

In the draft budget, salaries for County staff are adjusted for cost-of-living and performance-based increases, and the budget aims to maintain current service levels for the next year. 

Council did not approve the draft budget and opted to postpone a decision until its Dec. 13 meeting. 

The budget needs to be approved by Dec. 31. 

Robert Korotyszyn

About the Author: Robert Korotyszyn

Robert Korotyszyn covers Okotoks and Foothills County news for and the Western Wheel newspaper. For story tips contact [email protected]
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