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We Want to Hear From You - Budget 2023

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  2. We Want to Hear From You - Budget 2023

    The Town of Slave Lake has heard clearly from residents that they would like more opportunities to provide feedback on key issues for the Town including (but not limited to) the Town Budget. Mayor and Council are currently searching for the appropriate balance of ensuring the Town provides the services and programs that residents expect and need while keeping potential tax increases low in the face of enormous inflationary pressures. Mayor and Council would like to hear from you on what you think the priorities should be for Budget 2023.

  3. Context/Background

    Town Leadership and Administration are very much aware of the inflationary pressures residents are currently facing and unfortunately, these pressures extend to the Town and its operations as well. The price of everything from construction and building materials (lumber and paint), to fuel (gasoline and diesel), to insurance and utilities have all increased significantly over the past year. To provide a glimpse into some of the increased costs, governments rely on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as an indicator of changes in consumer prices year over year. It is obtained by comparing, over time, the cost of a fixed basket of goods and services purchased by consumers.

  4. Consumer Price Index Change September 2022

    The following is a summary of the increased costs experienced by consumers (including the Town of Slave Lake) in September 2022, highs, and lows for 2022 are also shown to highlight the continual cost increases being experienced by the Town: 

  5. Consumer Price Index Change September 2022
  6. Town of Slave Lake Operating Budget Comparisons

    These inflationary pressures have put significant strain on Operating Budgets within individual Town Departments. The following are a few expenses highlighting where the Town is seeing significant increases year over year. 

  7. Town of Slave Lake Operating Budget Comparisons
  8. How a Potential Property Tax Increase Will Affect Residents

    The following shows what a potential 3%, 5%, and 7% property tax increase will mean for individual households

  9. How Potential Property Tax Increases will affext residents
  10. Provide Your Feedback

    Based on the information and context above, please provide your comments on what you think the priorities should be for the 2023 Budget using the form below. All responses will be kept confidential and will not be shared externally. 

  11. 1. In which quadrant do you reside in Slave Lake?*
  12. 2. Given the impact of inflation, do you agree with maintaining current service levels in Community Services with an increase in property taxes? This department provides services such as (but not limited to): (1) Animal control; (2) Multi-purpose Recreation Centre; (3) Aquatic Centre; (4) Parks and Sports Fields; and (5) Family and Community Programming for all ages. *
  13. 3. Given the impact of inflation, do you agree with maintaining current service levels in Administration with an increase in property taxes? This department provides services such as (but not limited to): (1) Town Management; (2) Website and Communications Management; (3) Responding to Community Questions; (4) Project Management; and (5) Grant Applications.*
  14. 4. Given the impact of inflation, do you agree with maintaining current service levels in Operations with an increase in property taxes? This department provides services such as (but not limited to): (1) Fleet Procurement and Management; (2) Road Service and Snow Removal; (3) Utility Services (water, sewer, garbage and recycling); (4) Engineering Services; and (5) Cemetery Services.*
  15. 5. Given the impact of inflation, do you agree with maintaining current service levels with the Fire Department with an increase in property taxes? This department provides services such as (but not limited to): (1) Fire Suppression; (2) Motor Vehicle Collison Response; (3) Swift Water and Ice Rescue; (4) Vegetation Management; and (5) High and Low Angle Rescue*
  16. 6. Do you feel the Town should offer more services and information, unique to each resident through online services? This could include (but is not limited to): (1) Registration for Recreation Programming; (2) Paying Utilities; (3) Paying Property Taxes; (4) Obtaining Business or Pet Licenses; and (5) Development Permits.*
  17. 7. Please rank your top three priorities where you believe the Town should spend more tax dollars on?*
  18. 8. Please rank your top three priorities where you believe the Town should spend less tax dollars on?*
  19. How would you like to be involved in the 2023 Budget Process*
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