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City green lights 2016 budget

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Council has approved a budget for 2016 that will hold to their projected tax increase of 4.2 per cent. The capital and operating budgets were given the green light during city council’s regular meeting last night.

Some highlights include $5 million for renovations and improvements to the Bear Creek Pool, $250,000 per year for the next two years to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation’s capital campaign, and $1.1 million per year for the creation of a new RCMP Drug Unit that will include five members and 5 supportive admin staff.

A couple of projects have been left on the shelf until council receives more information, such as the twinning of 68 Avenue, and the Bear Creek Reservoir project. The tax increase will become official once the millrate is set sometime early next year.

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