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Tourism event fund likely bumping up 2017 property taxes

This year’s property tax increase could be more than expected.

Last fall, city councillors voted to reduce the hike from 4.2 to 0.5 per cent due to the poor economy. The move also included using reserve funds and part of last year’s surplus to make up the difference.

However, a recent decision to put $200,000 towards large scale tourism events has upped this year’s budget. A 0.71 per cent increase is now needed to cover that amount.

For the average home assessed at 360-thousand dollars, that will mean an extra $24 on your property tax bill. In 2016, the average bill for a home at that value was $3,376.

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The province has also increased its Education Property Tax Requisition from Grande Prairie by nearly $2.2 million, which will also bump up property taxes. A decision on the mill rate is expected at the next city council meeting, and tax notices should be sent out mid-May.

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