The city of Grande Prairie is pleased to see continued investments in infrastructure outlined in the provincial budget.
Mayor Bill Given says, he is impressed with the provinces decision to move forward with the school modernisation project at St Patrick’s and the replacement of the Composite High School.
He adds, another good news item is continued funding to the MSI program, which will be used for the city’s road rehab initiative.
But Given says there are still some concerns the city has about the budget.
“The province announced they will be taking just over $2,000,000 more per year from local Grande Prairie properties to fund the education property tax. That means the hard work of city council to ensure the 2017 property tax increase was about half a percentage point, is now more likely to be a one and half percentage point, when we add on the provincial increase.”
Given adds, city council will also continue to advocate for Highway 40.
He says the city is very concerned about the risk to drivers on that stretch of highway because of all the industrial traffic passing through.
Council will continue to push for funding from the province for Highway 40 repairs.