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Council seeking public input on multi-year budget prior to December 19 budget approval. Red Deer County tabled the 2018-20 Operating Expenditures and 2018-2022 Capital Projects at their regular Council meeting on December 5. County Council is now seeking public input on the budget, which maintains current service levels with slight anticipated increases to current tax rates.Mayor Jim Wood commented, “This budget is a direct product of our recent strategic planning. Council has created a long-term vision, and we are now ensuring that sufficient resources are available to carry this vision out. I would like to thank staff and Council for their hard work in creating this budget.”According to Director of Corporate Services Heather Surkan, “Administration has worked diligently to ensure service levels are maintained or increased with only a small increase to taxes. Red Deer County has focused funding on areas of strategic importance such as community policing, road repairs, and municipal maintenance.”Capital spending in 2018 will see a significant increase from $28.9M to $39.3M before returning to more normal levels in subsequent years. The increase is primarily due to large scale bridge repairs and road construction projects. Administration expects very competitive pricing next year, and plans to take advantage of the pricing to complete much needed paving, bridge work, and construction projects.Members of the public will have two weeks to comment on the information presented. The draft budget report can be found at www.rdcounty.ca. Once comments are received, the budget will go before Council on December 19 for approval.Key Initiatives for 2018 and beyond: