Street improvement budget climbs

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December 18, 2014 9:01 AM

Lloydminster city council debated and decided to grant half the request that the operations department of the city were asking for street improvements next year. The street improvement budget last year came in at $2 million. This year, operations were asking for the same $2 million with an additional $1 million.

Council ultimately decided to drop the requested funds down to $500,000.

Mayor Rob Saunders said that the street improvement program has been an issue that the city really hasn’t been able to keep up to over the years.

“So, there was a couple of million dollars set aside and, of course, we are trying to be reasonable with the expenditures and the tax impact that it has,” he said. “We like to fund our street improvement program on a regular basis, thus the adjustment to the reserve accounts.”

Saunders said that the city does have proper funds to allocate to the street improvement program.

“So, we landed on the $500,000, and we will see a significant improvement on our street improvements.”

The mayor added that he along with his fellow councillors saw the street improvement issues addressed in the wants survey, completed by residents.

“The streets were one of the things that people want to see improvements on,” he said.

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