CLEARWATER COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTS 2022 OPERATING AND CAPTIAL BUDGETS
(Rocky Mountain House, Alta.) – Following three-days of budget deliberations, Clearwater County Council approved the four-year financial and 10-year capital plans in a special meeting held December 21, 2021. These plans include operating and capital budgets for 2022.
The 2022 operating and capital budgets include operating revenues of $54,502,641 and operating expenses of $63,022,071 (including amortization) using $1,744,175 of restricted funds for operations, capital revenue of $16,771,250 and capital expenses of $52,379,099, using $27,662,086 of restricted funds for capital.
This budget represents the fourth year of an annual financial planning and evaluation approach introduced in 2018, where discussions happen year-round to review Council’s service levels, capital priorities and resources with respect to the approved four-year strategic plan.
Highlights of capital projects proposed for 2022 include reconstructing River Road (4km) from Hwy 11A to Hwy 11 ($1.6M) with potential paving in 2023, Beaver Flats Road grading RR 6-0 (8.6Km) from 4.6 Km north of Hwy 12 to Twp Rd 42-0 ($7.4M), Regional Wastewater Mechanical Treatment System in Leslieville ($2.3M), upgrades to the Condor sanitary collection mains and improvements to the storm water / curb and gutter system within the Hamlet ($4.4M), Gravel road rehabilitation ($4.8M), Bridge rehabilitations and replacements ($7.7M), Nordegg Phase 2 residential subdivision ($3.2M) and Nordegg Discover Centre Permanent Displays ($398,000).
Other notable adjustments to the County’s 2022 budget included postponing construction of the Leslieville Salt Storage Facility until an Area Structure Plan (ASP) is in place, and deferral of the broadband project in Ferrier of fibre to the home until Council has had more opportunity to review the proposed project.
“The 2022 budget, along with our reserve management strategy, together position the County to be able to weather the uncertainty and continue to provide residents and businesses a consistent level of service.,” said Reeve Daryl Lougheed. “We are a progressive municipality, and it’s my hope that we continue to grow our region and its possibilities.”
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