The 2018 Capital and Operating Budget has passed, and within that budget, is a new fire truck.

"What Council and Administration did last year was put $500,000 into the Capital Budget for 2017, and then another $500,000 for 2018," explained Darryl Drohomerski, Drumheller CAO.

Drohomerski also explained that the reason they split the budget for a new fire truck over two years is due to an accounting exercise. The problem with that is they couldn't commit to a purchase until all of the money was approved.

Council also approved the $8.7 million operating budget.

"Everything from operating the pool, and the BCF, to snow removal, cutting grass and mosquito spraying," said Drohomerski.

The operating budget also includes things like protective services, fire protection, RCMP requisitions, utilities, general maintenance, road repairs and economic developments.

"Our administration and council did a great job of trying to find savings wherever possible to be able to continue to do the operation that we have and provide the services that our public wants, but still try to trim the costs where we thought was appropriate," advised Drohomerski.

To see the 2018 budget, as well as past budgets, go to the Town of Drumheller website.

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