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2018 Operating Budget Focuses on Community Safety

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From www.reddeer.ca on January 19, 2018 5:42 PM

City Council approved a $364 million operating budget today with a 2.02 per cent tax increase. This 2.02 per cent increase in the operating budget is made up of 0.91 per cent for operating costs, and 1.0 per cent for capital investment for amenities and growth plus 0.11 per cent for provincial carbon tax.

“In response to the needs expressed by our citizens to focus on community safety initiatives, Council was presented with a challenge to invest in community safety items, while looking for ways to reduce spending to keep property taxes as low as possible,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “We were faced with a number of significant challenges during the 2018 budget; however, I believe the budget approved today respects the economic and social reality facing our community and citizens, while still positioning the city for our future.”

Based on the approved budget, a home valued at $325,000, which experienced an average assessment value change for the 2018 tax year, may see an approximately $42.55  increase per year in the municipal portion of their taxes.

The 2018 municipal tax rates will be set later this spring. That municipal tax rates will then be combined with the provincial education tax rate and the Piper Creek Foundation requisition to help determine how much property tax residents will pay. An assessed property value is multiplied by the property tax rates to determine a property owner’s tax bill that is mailed in May.

“Eighty per cent of citizens surveyed as part of The City’s annual citizen satisfaction survey told us they get very good value or fairly good value for their tax dollar,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “We believe this budget continues to provide good value for each tax dollar, balancing the economic climate and need to address community safety, while not compromising the future.”

Council approved approximately $8.1 million in corporate cost savings, revenues, and efficiencies to arrive at the 2.02 per cent tax increase. These savings include a two per cent reduction of $243,000 eliminated from departmental budgets, a $386,000 reduction in electrical charges and $80,000 savings related to phone and voicemail systems, to name a few.

Included is savings in electrical costs, fleet savings and increased parking rates.

“Council reviewed many different options proposed by administration which aimed to reduce costs with as little impact to services levels as possible,” said Mayor Veer. “However, some tough decisions were made in regards to service levels in order to keep property tax and utility increases as low as possible. We are confident Red Deerians will still find value and general quality of life maintained even with these reductions.”

Some key budget items include investment in community safety by adding 10 RCMP officers, further investment in parks and the cleanup of drug and rough sleeper camp debris in the city. Also approved was money for public participation and items related to 2019 Canada Winter Games. Council also voted to freeze drop-in fees for 2018 in an effort to keep our facilities accessible to all. These investments focus on priority areas identified by Red Deerians through various feedback mechanisms including surveys and open houses.

The 2018 budget was approved after nine days of deliberation. Residents can find out more about the 2018 budget by visiting The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca/budget.

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2018 Capital Budget 

2018 Operating Budget

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Winners announced for Red Deer Hospital Lottery

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The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 Red Deer Hospital Lottery Dream Home and Tiny Home prize packages, as well as the Mega Bucks 50.

The Mega Bucks 50 jackpot reached $607,200.00, which makes Carolyn Pelerine of Cochrane, Alberta the winner of $303,600.00.

In addition, the luxurious Tree Hugger Tiny Home Prize Package, complete with accessories by Urban Barn and valued at $163,798.00, is now owned by Mary Vincent of Red Deer.

The coveted Sorento Dream Home Prize Package, which includes furnishings and accessories by Urban Barn and boasts a total value of $1,072,624.00, has been awarded to Maxine Rumohr of Sylvan Lake.

The highly anticipated draw took place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation office, located within the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, with an announcement following live on Facebook, allowing participants and supporters to join in the excitement virtually.

“We are delighted to congratulate the winners of this year’s Red Deer Hospital Lottery,” said Manon Therriault, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this lottery will significantly contribute to enhancing patient care and services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated and supported this important cause.”

Proceeds from the Red Deer Hospital Lottery and Mega Bucks 50 will contribute to acquiring critically needed, state-of-the-art equipment for several units at the Red Deer Hospital.

This year’s lottery will fund equipment such as a phototherapy system, which allows parents to hold and soothe their infant while undergoing phototherapy, a cardiology case cart to monitor cardiac rhythms during stress testing, and other equipment to help provide excellent care for patients in the emergency and operating rooms at the Red Deer Hospital.

The winners of a variety of electronics were also drawn today. A full list of winners will be available in the coming days on the official lottery website at reddeerhospitallottery.ca. Prize winners who have not already been notified will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to claim their prizes.

The keys to the Sorento Dream Home and the Tree Hugger Tiny Home will be presented to the winners at a special ceremony this summer.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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