Council endorses budget

Armstrong council gave the 2016 financial plan three readings Monday and final adoption will occur May 9.

Armstrong’s budget is moving towards final completion.

Council gave the 2016 financial plan three readings Monday and final adoption will occur  May 9.

“It’s a good news budget,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

The budget includes a three per cent tax increase, which translates into an additional $10 for an average home of $307,000.

“That includes debt servicing for the fire hall construction and inflation,” said Pieper.

However, a drop in sewer fees means the overall net tax impact on a property is $10.

On top of this, Armstrong residents will be impacted financially by changes at the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“The invoice from the regional district will drop by $13 for the average house because building inspection is now being done in-house by the city,” said Pieper.

A rebate from the regional hospital district means the average house will also save $7.

Fireworks funding soars

The City of Armstrong is backing a major community event.

Council has decided to provide $750 to the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Department for Halloween fireworks.

“It’s a real tradition in our town,” said Coun. Paul Britton.

“It’s a very important event in our community on Halloween night.”

Spallumcheen is also donating $750 towards the event.

The event costs include about $3,500 for the fireworks.

 

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