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Grande Prairie tax increases for 2015-2018 finalized

City council has finalized Grande Prairie’s operational budget for the next four years.

From 2015 to 2018, residents will see tax increases of 3.9, 5, 4.6, and 4.4 per cent.

For the average homeowner, that will mean an extra $124 to $159 a year.

In comparison, the last three years have seen jumps of 3.3, 4, and 1.56 per cent.

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Among the items in the budget is funding for 12 more RCMP officers and two additional peace officers, while five bylaw officers will become permanent staff and two more recruited.

Technical Search and Rescue got its funding increased to $22,500, while the GP Youth Shelter gets $110,000.

STARS had asked for its funding to be doubled, but will remain at the $50,000 level.

$25,000 in both 2015 and 2016 has been allocated for tourism initiatives, and the Volunteer Services Bureau is getting $10,000 for a youth-related program.

The final capital and operational budgets will be finalized at the city council meeting on December 15th.

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