Drumheller Town Council passed its operating and capital budgets on Monday and the municipal portion of the mill rate is set to rise by three per cent this year.
"We're putting in a three per cent increase and one per cent of that is carbon tax, which we have no control over," remarked Mayor Heather Colberg. "One per cent is the RCMP training and stuff, so I'm really proud of council and administration becuase they were able to hold it basically at one per cent."
The increase to RCMP spending comes in the wake of an inquiry into an incident in Moncton, New Bruswick in 2014 that saw three officers killed in a shootout with gunman Justin Bourque. The inquiry determined that the officers were outgunned and that hard body armor could have saved their lives.
"There was a Moncton inquiry and it ended up coming out of that, they needed some of this team process and the equipment they needed resulting from that Moncton inquiry," explained Colberg.
The cost of town water jumps by two per cent in 2018, while the sewer portion of your bill goes up by five per cent, as the utilities have to pay for themselves.
"I'm very proud of administration for being able to go through the budget and this council spent many, many hours on that," noted Colberg. "I know they did a fabulous job and I'm so proud of the people that we have in place."