Red Deer County council approved and passed 2020-2022 operating and capital budgets at a council meeting on Dec. 17.
The 2020 operating budget is up slightly over last year from $51.8 million to $54.4 million, while the 2020 capital budget is also up from $28.7 million in 2019 to $32.3 million in 2020.
Anticipated county reserves for 2020 are $39.8 million.
Several key infrastructure upgrades are also planned for 2020, including more than $5 million for a water treatment facility and reservoir in Springbrook, more than $10 million allocated for road and bridge improvements, including those in Gasoline Alley, and about $2 million going toward a broadband internet project.
With many municipalities in Alberta facing uncertainty and struggling economies, Red Deer County is attempting to reduce the impacts of any future cuts and reduced funding from the province, such as that of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI).
Surkan, the county's director of corporate services in a press release.
The province has yet to release school acquisition numbers. Another provincial budget is anticipated in March 2020.
According to a press release, any changes to tax rates will be addressed in the spring.