Drumheller Town Council approved the 2019 budget in a regular meeting yesterday. The goal was to cut back five per cent in their operating budget in order to keep costs down for homeowners in the valley.
"We actually had our administration go through and look for a five per cent reduction on our budget. They were able to pull 4.9 per cent which saved almost $400,000. We were able to come up with an increase to approximately $3 per household per month, so we were pretty proud of what council and administration accomplished on this budget," explained Mayor of Drumheller, Heather Colberg.
According to a news release from The Town of Drumheller they will see a reduced Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant, an increase in energy costs, and carbon tax this year, which are out of the town's control. The cutbacks help curb the costs that would fall into the taxpayer's laps.
"There was nothing major. It was just small things, little savings and adjusting hours, adjusting openings of the outdoor pool, adjusting open and closing times. It was just a lot of small things that made a big difference," continued Colberg.
Colberg also mentioned that the cuts that were made were small enough that people will not notice a huge difference. They plan on continuing to find ways streamline their operations.
"Council and I just wanted to get down to the nuts and bolts of exactly what it takes to operate the town. We wanted to do our best to keep our tax increase as minimal as possible. The only way to do that is to see where there was any waste or any undervalue of an area. Everybody from every department found ways of making savings," concluded.
The increase to property taxes in Drumheller will equate to 1.9 per cent in the 2019 tax year.