Morinville City Council approves budget with 5% tax hike –

Morinville residents can expect a slightly higher tax bill this year.

City Council on Tuesday (March 22) approved its 2022 operating budget, which includes a 5% increase in taxes. This means homeowners will see an average increase of $10.58 per month on their property tax bills.

Non-residential properties will see an increase of $27.78 per month, while industrial accounts will increase by $49.33 per month.

In December 2021, the board approved a draft budget and has since worked to minimize service cuts and other budget issues while having the least impact on ratepayers. In a statement, Mayor Simon Boersma said he was grateful for the works council and administration included in this year’s budget.

“It was not an easy task, especially in a year when we had significant inflation,” Boersma said.

“The administration is always looking for ways to cut costs and find additional sources of revenue throughout the year. The past year was a good example of superior performance of over 400,000 $ to budget, and I know we are committed to working toward a better-than-budgeted outcome at the end of 2022.”

The approved budget will see the Morinville Community Libraries budget reduced to $531,655 and $30,000 removed for the review of service delivery at the Morinville Community Center and Community Cultural Centre.

In addition, the 2021 split mill rate, the amount of tax payable per dollar of a property’s assessed value, will be maintained for non-residential properties.

Morinville is not the only municipality to increase tax rates in 2022. Fort Saskatchewan City Council approved a 2.78% increase, Strathcona County property taxes will increase by 3% and City Council of Redwater approved a 4.5% increase.

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