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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Town of Taber Presents 3-Year Rolling Budget

March 7, 2017

In continued efforts of the Town of Taber in moving towards long-term strategic planning, the Town of Taber is proud to announce its move towards a 3-year rolling budget process. 

Each year, Town Council is required to pass a Capital and Operating budget, which outlines the next year’s anticipated projects and services. Capital budgets encompass infrastructure maintenance, machinery, and other large expenditures the Town undertakes. Operating budgets reflect the expenditures and revenues that are anticipated over the budget cycle’s year. Administrative staff spend a great deal of time referencing best practices to create a well-balanced budget that reflect the needs of the community and the continual operation of the municipality in alignment with regulations set out in the new Municipal Government Act. 

“As often as possible, efficiencies are sought during the budgeting process to allow for the highest level of service while maintaining reasonable costs,” says Chief Administrative Officer Cory Armfelt, “the new 3-year budget process is another efficiency Administrative Staff are looking forward to implementing.”

“This will allow for earlier tendering processes, strategic project management, and continuity of services over a longer period of time,” says Director of Finance, Devon Wannop, “Administrative staff will spend less time drafting annual budgets and more time implementing projects outlined for the next three years.”

Over the last few years the Town has been able to increase the level of service on a number of fronts which include such items as parks and facilities maintenance, and expanding our industrial base. Essentially, Administration has been able to meet the policy direction of Council to find efficiencies and do more with minimal tax rate increases. 

On March 1, 2017 a Special Council Meeting was held to review the draft 2018 and 2019 Operating budgets in anticipation of possible approval on March 13, 2017. If Council chooses to move forward with Administration’s recommendation, the citizens of Taber will benefit from this accounting practice by seeing no rate increase in their utilities in 2017, nor any rate increases for 2017 in the municipal portion of their taxes with the exception of increases required due to the Consumer Price Index increases and the municipal portion of the Carbon Tax. 

For more information, please contact either:

Cory Armfelt, Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: 403-942-4291
cory.armfelt@taber.ca

Henk De Vlieger, Mayor
Phone: 403-634-1204
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