Today, County of Grande Prairie Council adopted the 2021 interim budget with a proposed zero per cent increase to tax rates.

The 2021 interim budget addresses the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current economic climate while maintaining essential services and programs, investing in critical roads and infrastructure, proactive planning, and supporting communities, safety, and quality of life.

The overall $138.1 million budget includes estimated expenditures of $77.7 million for general operations and $60.4 million for capital.

“Supporting our residents, especially during this difficult time, is our top priority,” said Reeve Leanne Beaupre. “The interim budget strikes a balance between holding the line on our tax rates to help our community and maintaining service levels and investment in critical projects and programs.”

To minimize impacts on our citizens and businesses during this challenging time and keep tax rates flat, Council and Administration deferred some capital projects; identified efficiencies; reduced capital and operating expenses; and used reserves, provincial grants, and the projected 2020 surplus.

A few of the services, programs and projects Council approved for 2021 include: 

  • Approximately 45 per cent of the capital budget is going towards capital road and bridge projects
  • $6 million in recreation, community, culture, library, seniors and special needs transportation, and FCSS grants to various organizations and neighbouring municipalities as per Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreements
  • $6.7 million for critical infrastructure projects to support sustainable growth, including a new water treatment plant in a new community water system for La Glace, landfill cell and leachate pond for the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management, and to update design standards for land use planning
  • $345,000 towards the new training facility and equipment replacements and upgrades for Regional Fire Service

The final budget for 2021 will be released and tax rates will be finalized in spring once the province sets the property tax levy for education requisitions, and when property assessment values have been confirmed.

 Find out more about the 2021 interim operating and capital budget in the attached Budget Highlights.

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Media Contacts:

Leanne Beaupre
Reeve
780-814-3121                                                       

Joulia Whittleton
CAO
780-532-9722

Budget Highlights

Capital Budget

Approximately $27.4 million is being invested in capital road and bridge projects.

The proposed new construction includes 20 km of road surfacing including the paving of gravel roads, surfaced road overlays, and re-construction road projects.

Grant funding is estimated at $7.8 million, including an estimated $1.3 million Federal Gas Tax grant, an estimated $6.7 million in funding from the Provincial Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grant, and an estimated $1.3 million Alberta Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program grant.

The following is a list of scheduled road projects: 

  • Windwood Lane Rehabilitation – Overlay 0.7 km
  • Bezanson Road South/100 St – Base, pave 0.3 km
  • Clairmont North/107A Ave and 99 St – Overlay 0.8 km
  • Range Road 60/92 St from Highway 43 south – Overlay 1.6 km
  • River Road Estates/Township Road 705A – Overlay 0.33 km
  • Wynngate Phase 4 Rehabilitation/ 96 St, 96A St, 112 Ave – Paving, curb and gutter 1.3 km
  • Range Road 63 from Township Road 734 south – grade 1.6 km
  • Range Road 63 from Township Road 734 to Highway 59 – Grade 3.2 km
  • Township Road 732 from Range Road Range Road 51 to Range Road 53 – grade 3.5 km
  • Range Road 123 from Township Road 732 to Highway 671– grade 6.6 km
  • Township Road 744 from Range Road 54 to Range Road 60 – grade 3.2 km
  • Range Road 53 and Township Road 714 – intersection improvements
  • Range Road 53 from Township Road 714 north – base, pave 0.6 km
  • Clairmont Parkway to the current new phases of Northfield landing, north of Grande Spirit Seniors Lodge – construct new roadway and stormwater infrastructure
  • $7 million for bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects including:
    • Kleskun Creek Bridge replacement
    • Spring Creek Bridge replacement
    • Bear River Bridge replacement
  • $2.2 million for spot construction, road widening and chip sealing projects
  • $2 million to repave Highway 724 (cost-shared with the Province)
  • $3.33 million for the Highway 40 Twinning and Bridge Construction (cost-shared with the Province and the MD of Greenview)
  • $395,000 for Ditch Rehabilitation Program as part of the flood prevention efforts
  • $300,000 for tree clearing from intersection sites and for intersection investigations to help mitigate safety risks
  • $40,000 for Road Condition Assessment Study

In addition to road construction, the capital budget includes:

  • $7.3 million for equipment replacements
  • $4.7 million to construction Landfill Cell the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management
  • $1 million to build a leachate pond for the Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management
  • $1 million for Phase 1B of the La Glace Community Water System
  • $200,000 for new fire training centre at the Dunes Fire Hall
  • $217,000 for Information Technology server upgrades
  • $175,000 for Regional Fire Service new and replacement equipment
  • $75,000 for Pipestone Campground power expansion
  • $50,000 for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) upgrades for water systems in the hamlets of Bezanson, La Glace, Teepee Creek and Valhalla to allow instant information and data transfer to the operators remotely
  • $50,000 for Public Works Office renovations
  • $46,000 for an E-Ticketing System for Regional Enforcement Services to implement Phase 2 of Bill 21 (provincial legislation)
  • $20,000 for Storm Drain Maintenance
  • $10,000 for a Power Correction Box for the Crosslink County Sportsplex

 Operating Budget 

The operating budget proposed for 2020 includes: 

  • $6 million in recreation, community, culture, library, seniors and special needs transportation, and FCSS grants to various organizations, and neighbouring municipalities as per Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework agreements
  • Additional $973,000 for Evergreen Park due to COVID pandemic impacts to support operations for a total contribution of $1.4 million
  • $150,000 to update design standards for land use planning and infrastructure
  • $40,000 for Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management scale software and Landfill Tag Program upgrades
  • One Full Time Equipment Operator for Public Works to maintain existing services and/or infrastructure to ensure effective transportation networks
  • $20,000 for Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum maintenance

Schedule of Fees and Rates Changes 

Curbside waste collection service fees will increase from $9.50 to $9.75 bi-monthly, and for recycling collection from $4.75 to $5.00 bi-monthly.

Land Lease for Commercial and Industrial use has changed from market value per acre/year to $400, and for Agricultural and Recreational use from market value $0.60 per acre/year.

New utility fee of $42.45 bi-monthly for commercial properties and $14.15 bi-monthly for residential properties in the Hamlet of La Glace.

The updated schedule of fees, rates and charges will be posted on www.countygp.ab.ca in the beginning of 2021.