News & Announcements

Posted on: January 23, 2018

Council Passes 2018 Budget

During the January 23, 2018 Town of Hinton Regular Council meeting, the 2018 Operating and Capital Budget was passed by Council.

A summary of the operating budget and explanations of variances to the 2017 budget are on pages 4-5 (see agenda package here) followed by an explanation of the various Town programs and budgets on pages 9-10 (see agenda package here).

The one-time Operating and Capital budget requests are on pages 46-51 (see agenda package here).

The budget proposes the following to keep the lights on and maintain existing service levels:

  • Increase to municipal taxes by 3.5%.
    • Impact to a residence assessed at $325,000 is $5.25/month or $63/year.
  • Increase to Water Residential/Commercial rates by 10% due to forecasted increased costs related to the transfer of the operation of the water treatment plant from West Fraser to the Town.
    • Water flat rate increases by $3.16/month or $37.92/year
  • Increase to Sewer Residential / Commercial rates by 5% 
    • Sewer flat rate increases by $.70/month or $8.28/year
  • Waste Management Residential / Commercial increase by 5% / 10% respectively.
    • Residential rate increases by $.58/month or $6.84/year
    • Commercial rate increases by $2.83/month or $33.96/year

To set the organization up for success, 2 new positions (Public Works Operator (PWII) and Utility Supervisor) are added to address an aging workforce and significant workloads, for a total of $233,500.

Civic agencies proposed to receive an increase from the 2017 Operating budget are:

  • Hinton Municipal Library $ 5,000
  • Performing Arts Theatre $16,000
  • Northern Rockies Museum $30,000

The new positions and the increase to the civic agencies are intended to be funded by reducing the transfer to reserves from the Operating budget.

Mayor's Message

“This budget represents the first big item from our new Council. We took the time to dig in, understand, and then fully discuss every aspect of this budget, and we thank administration for their efforts in helping us reach this final product. We believe, as a Council, that this budget represents efforts both to prepare for the future by bolstering reserves, and to minimize the impact to our ratepayers. This is a budget that moves our community forward, together; not just maintaining, but also reaching to provide a better level of service  for our residents.”

- Mayor Marcel Michaels

Looking to learn more?

Visit the Town of Hinton Budget and Finance Webpage
View the powerpoint presentation 
Contact Town of Hinton Corporate Services
Call Director of Corporate Services Denise Parent at 780-865-6078 

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