Budget Engagement 2019

Beaumont 2019 Budget Workshop Highlights

A public Budget Workshop was held on October 25th, 26th, and 27th (you can watch the recorded workshop videos on beaumont.ab.ca/259). Following the workshops, the Budget will be introduced to Council at their November 20th Committee of the Whole and then forwarded to regular Council Meeting on November 27th. We are looking forward to engaging with residents over the coming weeks. Town of Beaumont will host two open houses where residents will have an opportunity to review the budgets, provide input and ask questions.

Budget Open Houses:

Friday, November 30, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
Venue:
Beaumont Council Chambers
5600 49 St.
Beaumont, AB, T4X 1A1
Venue:
Beaumont Council Chambers
5600 49 St.
Beaumont, AB, T4X 1A1


Highlights from the Budget 2019 Workshop

  • Council through strong budget deliberations was able to keep the tax rate increase at 1.88% while maintaining a focus on increased service levels for our community.
  • As we develop a multi-year grant policy to facilitate the long-term planning and delivery of quality arts and culture programming for our community; Council increased the Grant Funding to $190,000 for 2019 (approximately 1% of Municipal Tax Revenue), which includes:
  • $50,000 for Blues and Roots Festival
  • $50,000 for Beaumont Arts Society
  • $15,000 for Beaumont Heritage Society
  • $5,000 for Beaumont and District Agricultural Society
  • $70,000 available for other community grant requests
  • As our commitment to increase the snow clearing and ice prevention service levels, a new grader has been budgeted for deployment in winter 2019.
  • Commitment to upgrade our water pumps to address the water demands during summer.
  • Commitment for a community liaison officer to work within our school system to improve on the positive youth engagement initiatives in Beaumont.
  • No increase in the curbside collection fee for 2019.
  • Increase in Food Bank Contribution of $10,000 to $15,000.
  • To advance the priorities identified in the Council Strategic Plan, key staff positions in areas such as economic development, protective services, and planning & development will be added in 2018 and 2019 while staying within the 1.88% proposed tax increase.
  • Maintaining the current cost recovery for Town operated Childcare sites while Childcare Review- Phase 2 is being conducted.
  • With Beaumont taking on a greater and more influential role in the region, Council approved moving the Mayor’s role to be a full-time position as of January 1, 2019. A recommendation was made to increase the Mayor's salary to $100,000 with an increase in the Council’s salary to $49,500. This brings the compensation up to just below other communities of similar size (i.e. City of Leduc, Spruce Grove).
  • Council also reviewed franchise fees for gas and electricity which haven’t changed in over 20 years. Council approved an increase in Franchise Fees for Gas and Electricity over the next two years (3.65% for Gas and 6.125% for Electricity each year) with the increase going to fund future capital projects for our community. This proposed increase brings us closer to the regional average.
  • An increase in Water and Sewer Rate - $0.12 and $0.05 based on the rate increases passed on by the respective water and wastewater commissions.

We are proud that we were able to work with the administration to deliver a draft budget that is 1% below inflation while increasing key service deliveries across our community. We look forward to hearing your thoughts through the engagement process in the upcoming Budget Open Houses. To stay up to date with the Budget 2019 register to get the latest updates.


Day 2 Budget WorkshopDay 3 Budget Workshop

Beaumont 2019 Budget Workshop Highlights

A public Budget Workshop was held on October 25th, 26th, and 27th (you can watch the recorded workshop videos on beaumont.ab.ca/259). Following the workshops, the Budget will be introduced to Council at their November 20th Committee of the Whole and then forwarded to regular Council Meeting on November 27th. We are looking forward to engaging with residents over the coming weeks. Town of Beaumont will host two open houses where residents will have an opportunity to review the budgets, provide input and ask questions.

Budget Open Houses:

Friday, November 30, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
Venue:
Beaumont Council Chambers
5600 49 St.
Beaumont, AB, T4X 1A1
Venue:
Beaumont Council Chambers
5600 49 St.
Beaumont, AB, T4X 1A1


Highlights from the Budget 2019 Workshop

  • Council through strong budget deliberations was able to keep the tax rate increase at 1.88% while maintaining a focus on increased service levels for our community.
  • As we develop a multi-year grant policy to facilitate the long-term planning and delivery of quality arts and culture programming for our community; Council increased the Grant Funding to $190,000 for 2019 (approximately 1% of Municipal Tax Revenue), which includes:
  • $50,000 for Blues and Roots Festival
  • $50,000 for Beaumont Arts Society
  • $15,000 for Beaumont Heritage Society
  • $5,000 for Beaumont and District Agricultural Society
  • $70,000 available for other community grant requests
  • As our commitment to increase the snow clearing and ice prevention service levels, a new grader has been budgeted for deployment in winter 2019.
  • Commitment to upgrade our water pumps to address the water demands during summer.
  • Commitment for a community liaison officer to work within our school system to improve on the positive youth engagement initiatives in Beaumont.
  • No increase in the curbside collection fee for 2019.
  • Increase in Food Bank Contribution of $10,000 to $15,000.
  • To advance the priorities identified in the Council Strategic Plan, key staff positions in areas such as economic development, protective services, and planning & development will be added in 2018 and 2019 while staying within the 1.88% proposed tax increase.
  • Maintaining the current cost recovery for Town operated Childcare sites while Childcare Review- Phase 2 is being conducted.
  • With Beaumont taking on a greater and more influential role in the region, Council approved moving the Mayor’s role to be a full-time position as of January 1, 2019. A recommendation was made to increase the Mayor's salary to $100,000 with an increase in the Council’s salary to $49,500. This brings the compensation up to just below other communities of similar size (i.e. City of Leduc, Spruce Grove).
  • Council also reviewed franchise fees for gas and electricity which haven’t changed in over 20 years. Council approved an increase in Franchise Fees for Gas and Electricity over the next two years (3.65% for Gas and 6.125% for Electricity each year) with the increase going to fund future capital projects for our community. This proposed increase brings us closer to the regional average.
  • An increase in Water and Sewer Rate - $0.12 and $0.05 based on the rate increases passed on by the respective water and wastewater commissions.

We are proud that we were able to work with the administration to deliver a draft budget that is 1% below inflation while increasing key service deliveries across our community. We look forward to hearing your thoughts through the engagement process in the upcoming Budget Open Houses. To stay up to date with the Budget 2019 register to get the latest updates.


Day 2 Budget WorkshopDay 3 Budget Workshop