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Red Deer City Council looking to keep tax increase just below 1%

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2020 Operating Budget approved with direction for further reductions

After five days of deliberations, City Council approved a $389 million Operating Budget, reducing the proposed 2.49 per cent tax increase to 1.26 per cent with direction to identify further savings to reduce to 0.97 per cent.

To achieve the reduced tax rate, Council directed administration to identify an additional $400,000 in cost savings by the end of February.

“Our goal is to always keep the budget and cost of living in Red Deer as affordable as possible withoutcompromising our ability to provide quality services to our citizens,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Administration met Council’s guidelines set in the spring, but with the continued economic recession, we need to find further savings which will result in a significantly reduced budget than we were originally expecting.”

To make the initial reductions to the proposed tax rate during deliberations, Council approved approximately $2.1 million in corporate cost savings, revenues, and efficiencies. These savings included eliminating a $500,000 transfer from operating to the operating reserve tax supported fund, as well as reducing the proposed 2020 capital contribution from one per cent to 0.5 per cent at a value of $682,000.

“In response to the economy, we have frozen staffing levels in 2020, with the exception of policing to address community safety challenges,” said Mayor Veer.

“Much like the Capital Budget, the Operating Budget is focused on maintaining current service levels. Cost savings were achieved where possible and we are able to honour previous commitments focusing on community safety by maintaining the added member complement in the RCMP,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “Council provided direction to administration to find an additional reduction of $400,000, and we’ll take the next six weeks to comb through the budget to identify further cost savings while minimizing impacts on our citizens and staff.”

Administration will bring a report back to Council at the end of February outlining the additional cost savings, giving time for the Tax Rate Bylaw to be adopted in April. The municipal tax rate will then be combined with the provincial education tax requisition and the requisition for the Piper Creek Foundation to determine how much property tax residents will pay.

For a home valued at $325,000, a homeowner will pay $2,338.09 in the municipal portion of their taxes based on a 0.97 per cent increase. This works out to an increase of $22.46 per year or $1.87 per month.

Residents can find out more about the 2020 Operating Budget by visiting The City’s website atwww.reddeer.ca/budget.City

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City snow plows are heading to your neighbourhood. Here’s the schedule and your snow zone

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Plows are ready to roll into residential areas

City crews are gearing up to start Snow Zone Plowing and residents are reminded to sign up for Snow Zone Alerts to get text, email, and phone call reminders before they need to move their vehicles off the street.

Snow Zone Plowing (residential) will begin on January 20 on Green Routes (Collector Roads and Bus Routes) in Snow Zone H; Grey Route (Residential Streets) plowing in Snow Zone H will follow on January 24. Plowing will continue alphabetically through Snow Zones until complete. Parking restrictions will be in place during plowing in each Snow Zone, which could be a few days at a time.

“It should only take our crews a day or two to plow Green or Grey Routes in each Snow Zone, but it does take us a lot longer if vehicles are left parked on the streets,” said Public Works Manager Greg Sikora.

“When we’re plowing Green Routes, you can park your car on a Grey Route, which is usually justaround the corner. It is the same case for Grey Route plowing; if you really need to park on the street,you can park on a Green route. That’s why we don’t plow Green and Grey Routes in a Snow Zone at the same time,” he continued.

There are many different ways for residents to learn the schedule:

  •   Sign up for Snow Zone Alerts at reddeer.ca/notifyreddeer to get text, email or phone call reminders before plowing starts in their Snow Zone
  •   Check the schedule online at reddeer.ca/snowzone
  •   Follow the City of Red Deer on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates
  •   Call the Snow Zone Hotline at 403-406-8796
  •   Look for signs at neighbourhood entrances and on Green Routes

     

    “We know it is hard to remember exactly when plows will be in your area, which is why Notify Red Deer is such a great tool for residents to use,” said Sikora, “It takes just a few minutes to sign up and you get a text, email or phone call – whichever you prefer – to remind you to move your car.”

    During Green Route plowing, residents will find no-parking signs along the street. Parking restrictions are in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday while plowing is scheduled, and vehicles left onthe street will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

    During Grey Route plowing, residents will notice signs at the entrance to their neighbourhood. Parking restrictions are in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday while plowing is scheduled and vehicles left on the street are ticketed and plowed in. Parking restrictions are not in effect on weekends.

    “We are reaching out to residents to help us get residential roads clear as quickly as possible,” said Sikora. “If we work together, we can get streets cleared and get out of your way fast. We are asking residents to be a part of the program and ensure the streets are free of cars before we head into yourneighbourhood.”

    Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s website at reddeer.ca/snowzone for details about the program, schedule updates, and to sign up for Snow Zone Alerts.

The full January 2020 Snow Zone Plowing Schedule is attached, and will be kept up to date on our website.

January 2020 Snow Zone Plowing schedule

All schedules are subject to weather and other delays, and may be subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the City website at reddeer.ca/snowzone.

Snow Zone

page2image10144Green Routes

Grey Routes

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January 20 & 21page2image16272

page2image16752January 22 & 23

I

January 22 & 23

January 23 & 24

J

January 24 & 27

page2image24200January 28 & 29
K page2image27664January 27 & 28

January 29 & 30

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January 29

January 31 & February 3

B

January 30 & 31

February 3 & 4

C February 3 & 4

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To be scheduled

To be scheduled

E

February 4

February 7 & 10

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February 4

February 10

F

February 5 & 6

February 11 & 12

G

February 6 & 7

February 11 & 12

 

Zone Subdivisions Map
A Kentwood, Johnstone Zone A – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
B Glendale, Normandeau, Pines Zone B – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
C Fairview, Highland Green, Oriole Park, Riverside Meadows Zone C – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
D Downtown Zone D – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
E Clearview, Garden Heights, Michener Hill, Parkvale, Waskasoo, Woodlea Zone E – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
F Deer Park (north of 39 St), Rosedale, Timberlands Zone F – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
G Bower, South Hill, West Park Zone G – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
H Eastview, Grandview, Morrisroe, Mountview Zone H – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
I Anders, Sunnybrook (north) Zone I – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
J Deer Park (south of 39 St), Lancaster Zone J – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
K Inglewood, Sunnybrook (south)/Southbrook, Vanier Zone K – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
O Evergreen Zone O – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
P Central Park Zone P – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
Q Chiles Industrial Park Zone Q – Snow Zone Residential Routes Map (pdf)
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Chamber of Commerce applauds City Council on reducing tax increase, but encourages even more restraint

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Chamber reacts to City of Red Deer 2020 Operating Budget

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is encouraged by Council’s willingness to reduce the tax burden on city residents and businesses.

Chamber CEO Rick More commented. “Overall it is promising to see City Council and staff members taking actions to alleviate the cost of doing business in our City. It has been a long-time ask by our Chamber that the city take a hard look at costs, focus on competitiveness, business friendliness and reducing the tax burden on our local job creators.”

The Chamber acknowledges that neither reducing the capital contribution nor the transfer to operating reserves is a sustainable or long-term solution to tax competitiveness, but the right call for the time. “As we enter yet another year of this economic downturn, the number of business closures combined with those on the verge of shutting their doors and the exodus of business from our downtown core, the last thing we needed was another substantial tax increase. We will continue to encourage the city to focus on more efficient program and service delivery that results in long-term cost savings but maintains our core services,” continued More.

Prior to budget deliberations the Chamber provided a written submission to Council encouraging them to align municipal priorities with the province’s stated direction of job creation and growing the economy. These focus areas are especially pertinent given prior government messaging that municipal funding will be awarded based on this alignment.

More concluded “It is also encouraging to see that Council directed the City Manager Seabrooke to find an additional $400,000 in savings, but important to note that equates to approximately one-tenth of a percent of total operational spending. In a household with a $75,000 annual budget its equivalent to finding just $77 in savings. We’re confident that in a nearly $400 million budget there is significant room to reduce spending. By setting conditions that allow local business to thrive, our entire community will benefit from increased job opportunities and a strong local economy.”

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative leader in building a vibrant community and fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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