Town coun­cil busy with bud­get de­lib­er­a­tions

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Patrick Ko­lafa

Drumheller Town Coun­cil­lors had their noses to the grindstone, ham­mer­ing out the 2018 tax sup­ported Op­er­a­tional Bud­get.

This comes af­ter a sec­ond marathon bud­get meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 31. Mayor Heather Col­berg says that coun­cil has re­viewed the draft bud­get, but there will still be a few more tweaks be­fore it is brought back to pass. At their next bud­get meet­ing, they are go­ing to also be­gin their re­view of the Cap­i­tal Bud­get.

“At our Fe­bru­ary 21 meet­ing we are hop­ing to fin­ish it all,” said Col­berg. “There are some ques­tions we are wait­ing on for the op­er­a­tional bud­get. It has been a marathon. I fig­ure we have another four-hour ses­sion com­ing.”

The bud­get meet­ings are open to the pub­lic and have also been streamed on the Town’s Youtube chan­nel. She says when the bud­get is com­plete, they will be tak­ing it to the pub­lic be­fore pass­ing the doc­u­ment.

At this point, she can­not project the tax im­pli­ca­tions of the op­er­a­tional bud­get as it is still a work­ing doc­u­ment.

“We are try­ing to get it as bal­anced as we can,” she said, adding so far, she does not an­tic­i­pate new ma­jor ex­pen­di­tures.

“There is noth­ing wild or crazy, we just want to keep it as tight as we can,” she said. “There is not a lot of room and you don’t want to go and make any in­creases ei­ther.”

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