Have Your Say – Blackfalds Citizen Budget 2019

The Town of Blackfalds understands that you care where your property tax dollars go. This program offers the opportunity to better understand where your tax dollars are utilized and to provide feedback on Town services.

We’re inviting you to take a few minutes to have your say on 2019 Budget priorities and the Town’s future investments with this easy to use interactive and educational online tool – Citizen Budget.

Why it matters

Building a budget for our community requires balancing affordability for taxpayers and the delivery of services that residents expect. Town Council must determine what matters most and make choices between what the community wants and needs with what is affordable within the annual budget.

How your feedback will be used

The results will be reviewed by Town Council and shared publicly as part of the 2019 budget process, which will occur in November 2018. Thank you for your participation!

Where does your tax dollar go?

In the Town of Blackfalds 74% of your tax bill goes to the Town to support local services. The focus of the Citizen Budget tool is on the municipal services offered by the Town. The pie charts below show the property tax dollar breakdown for an average property assessment value of $315,000 in the Town of Blackfalds.

Here’s how it works

Step 1: Enter your home’s assessment - you can find this by using the Property Assessment & Tax Tool, or use the average property assessed value of $315,000. The sliders will adjust based on the property assessment value you enter.

Step 2: Move the sliders to either increase or decrease spending in each service or program. You can leave the slider as is if you're fine with current service levels. As you move the sliders, the impacts of your choices will appear, allowing you to make an informed decision. As you make your choices, your property tax dollar amount will change in real time to show you the impact of your funding choices on your individual tax bill.

Step 3: Provide comments about changes you would make in the text box at the end of the survey.

Step 4: Fill out the demographics questionnaire and hit Submit. You will be brought to your own dedicated results page, where you can compare your choices with the rest of the population.

Step 5: Share on social media!

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Protective Services - Fire & Rescue Learn more

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The Town of Blackfalds (TOB) Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of about thirty (30) dedicated fire fighters who voluntarily offer their time and energy, often leaving their current employment posts to respond to calls and continually train and hone their skills. Their commitment to serve our community is integral in providing residents and businesses in the Town of Blackfalds with professional emergency services.

The TOB Fire Department provides the following services: fire suppression, fire inspection, public education, rescue, medical response and vehicle extrication. The department has also implemented a full fire prevention program with emphasis in pre-fire planning and fire inspections. They provide fire drills to all schools in the community, ensuring students are well prepared should a fire occur. Currently the department has one paid full time Fire Chief position.

Additional funding in this department can potentially be used to recruit full time Fire Fighters.

Would you adjust funding for Fire & Rescue Service?
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Protective Services – Community Peace Officers Learn more

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The Town of Blackfalds Community Peace Officers enforce local bylaws and provincial laws with a focus on traffic control and public safety. Municipal bylaws address many common concerns including excessive noise, parking of vehicles and trailers, use of all-terrain vehicles, unsightly premises, and animal control. Bylaws will be adjusted to be inclusive of the new Cannabis legislation, which is expected to increase the volume of Bylaw related calls for service. They also work closely with the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment, ensuring a safe community for all residents and visitors to the Town.

Additional funding in the department will enable us to provide a wider and consistent coverage.

Would you adjust funding for Community Peace Officers services?
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Protective Services - RCMP Learn more

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The RCMP enforce the Criminal Code of Canada and provincial statutes with a focus on making the Town of Blackfalds a safe community to live. They address many incidents varying from assaults, traffic collisions, break and enters, theft, fraud, robberies, theft of motor vehicles, and numerous traffic enforcement issues. They actively provide various education initiatives to the public such as various methods of proactive safety measures. Currently the Town employs eight police officers which includes a full time School Resource Officer.

Additional funding in this department can potentially be used to recruit more members to our RCMP, among other things.

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Infrastructure - Streets Learn more

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The Infrastructure and Property Services Department is responsible for the planning, maintenance and operation of the Town’s road network which includes installing street signage, road patching, crack filling, and line painting, street sweeping, snow plowing, removal and sanding, and grading of back lanes.

Additional funding in this area can be used to improve traffic and pedestrian movements and provide more winter road maintenance.

Would you adjust funding for Infrastructure – Streets services?
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Environmental Stewardship – Solid Waste Learn more

The Town of Blackfalds provides solid waste services to all residents and business operators in town and are not funded through tax dollars; but rather these services are fully funded through utility bills. Services include: weekly garbage and recycling pickup and disposal, free resident use of the transfer station, seasonal leaf and yard waste collection and disposal, and spring and fall clean up twice a year.

Recreation Facilities & Parks Learn more

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The Community Services Department CSD is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Town-owned recreational facilities and parks including the Bike Skills Park, the Optimist All Wheels Park, trails, playgrounds, the Abbey Centre, All Star Park, Multi-Plex Arena and the Community Centre.

Other amenities maintained by CSD include the outdoor skating rinks, Outdoor Aquatic Centre, the Bark Park, the Amphitheatre, Tennis and Pickleball Courts, open spaces and the Tayles Water Spray Park.

Additional funding in this area would enable us to further enhance existing maintenance of facilities,beautification of outdoor spaces, trails and playgrounds.

Would you adjust funding for Recreation Facilities & Parks?
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Recreation - Culture Programs & Events Learn more

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The Community Services Department CSD actively provides a range of recreation and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors to foster and promote the town as the ‘most active and fittest community in Alberta’ as well as facilitate and strengthen internationally recognized projects and events that attract participants and visitors from near and far.

Additional funding in this area would enable us to increase the number of Recreation Programs geared towards Arts & Culture and/or Sports.

Would you adjust funding for Programs & Events?
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Economic Development & Tourism Learn more

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The Economic Development and Tourism Department provides information and opportunities that support local business retention and expansion, attract new business and investment and foster the development of tourism operators and attractions.

A couple of significant initiatives starting in 2018 include:

  • The launch of a new economic development website that provides helpful community resources and information to entrepreneurs, businesses and corporate and industry site selectors.
  • Conducting a business satisfaction survey to further build on the data collected in the 2016 Business Walk and to establish benchmarks and key performance measures to ensure ongoing improvements in the local business environment.

Additional funding in this area would help improve economic development services for local businesses.

Would you adjust funding for Economic Development & Tourism Services.
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Comment Section

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If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".