For the third year in a row, Grande Prairie County has approved a zero tax increase.

The county approved an interim budget of $ 128 million on Dec. 10.

“With our interim approval of another zero percent increase in municipal taxes, council has taken into account (our) long-term financial viability while ensuring that citizens and businesses receive the services they need. need in a fiscally responsible manner, “said Leanne Beaupre, Grande Prairie County Reeve.

The final budget for 2022 will be released later this spring after the province sets the property tax levy for education applications and confirms property assessment values.

The 2022 budget includes spending of $ 96 million for general operations and $ 32 million for capital.

Hythe’s disbandment in 2021 had financial implications for the county, including inherited debt and a large infrastructure deficit. Municipal Affairs allows the county to impose additional taxes to pay off the debt; Council has taken a balanced approach to bring Hythe’s municipal tax rate in line with that of the rest of the county over time.

Council approved a phased reduction in tax rates for the Hamlet of Hythe, bringing them in line with the rest of the county. The reduction will take place from 2022 to 2025 and will apply to all properties, including residential, non-residential and agricultural land.

Hythe taxpayers will continue to pay off their community’s long-term debt through additional tax until those debts are settled.

The county says 72 percent of the overall capital budget will go to road and bridge projects.

The proposed Clairmont RCMP Rural Detachment will receive $ 3.8 million for land acquisition and design.

The Aquatera Clairmont regional lift station will also receive $ 3.8 million.

An additional $ 3.33 million, for a total of $ 10 million over three years (2021, 2022 and 2023) will go to the Twinning and Highway 40 bridge projects.

The Teepee Creek Fire Hall replacement is expected to receive $ 200,000 for land acquisition and design.

The county noted that despite the province’s decision to eliminate tax revenue on new drilling from 2021 (which prevents municipalities from collecting taxes on new wells and pipelines for three years), the costs do not were not the responsibility of residents and businesses.