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County finalizes 2015 interim budget at $115.4 million

The County of Grande Prairie has approved its interim budget for 2015 at a total of $115.4 million.

Of the $48.4 million in the capital portion, 26 is going towards road projects.

Another $6.2 million has been allocated to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum for displays and landscaping, along with $880,000 for display fabrication, which brings the County’s total contribution to $19.3 million.

Also in the budget is $6.8 million to replace vehicles and equipment, and $4 million for the Regional Lift Station.

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Meanwhile, $67 million has been earmarked for operations next year, an increase of 9.3 per cent.

Included is $4.76 million for community grants, which will benefit organizations like STARS, the Prairie Art Gallery, and Nitehawk Recreation Area.

$600,000 over the next three years will go towards the Bezanson Community Centre, while $900,000 is headed to the Teepee Creek Ag Events Centre.

There’s also funding for another enhanced RCMP officer.

While the mill rate hasn’t been increased, it’s expected residential taxes will go up about five per cent due to an increase in market value.

The budget is considered interim as the County doesn’t have finalized assessment numbers, so there could be some changes before tax rates are set.

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