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.