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West St. Paul 2017 Financial Plan Summary

Posted: June 28, 2017


West St. Paul 2017 Financial Plan Summary


West St. Paul Council held its Public Hearing to present its 2017 Financial Plan on June 27, as required under the Municipal Act.

Taxes will increase slightly by 1.66 percent over 2016.

Mayor Bruce Henley said councillors and administration at the RM have been working diligently to ensure tax dollars are spent in a fiscally responsible way and that increases are kept to a minimum.

The municipality has no role in School Taxes, other than that they appear on the tax bill sent out by the municipality. The municipality does not set school tax levels.

West St. Paul residents residing within the boundaries of the Seven Oaks School Division will see a 9.1 percent increase this year. Those in the Interlake School Division will see an increase of 7.2 percent.

Since 2014, municipal taxes in West St. Paul have only increased by 3 percent.

During the same four-year period, taxes increased by 36 percent in Seven Oaks School Division and 25 percent in Interlake School Division.

During the same period of time the Consumer Price Index has risen to 5.6 percent nationally and WSP council and administration, through responsible financial planning, have kept our increase to 3 percent over the same period of time.

Examples of what your tax dollars pay for in the RM are: fire protection, snow removal, trails, parks and playgrounds, road maintenance, grass cutting, recycling pick up, handi-van services, weed control, garbage pick-up / recycling, by-law services recreation, infrastructure renewal and economic development.