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Smithers releases new budget

Smithers council presented the new budget last night.

The operating budget for 2014 is $11.2 million with the bulk of that coming from property taxes, fees and charges.

Property taxes will increase by $43 dollars for the average Smithers home bringing the average amount to $1,157.

Councillors presented the budget highlights at the meeting with the top four priorities of the budget being the new arena, curbside recycling, the Smithers Airport and the Fall Fair Grounds.

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The town will spend $430,000 on repaving, $320,000 on the Fulton Walkway expansion, $257,000 on the sewage treatment plant and $100,000 on new washrooms for the fair grounds.

The full budget will be posted to the Town of Smithers website soon.

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