Armstrong’s budget is moving towards final completion.
Council gave the 2016 financial plan three readings Monday and final adoption will occur May 9.
“It’s a good news budget,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.
The budget includes a three per cent tax increase, which translates into an additional $10 for an average home of $307,000.
“That includes debt servicing for the fire hall construction and inflation,” said Pieper.
However, a drop in sewer fees means the overall net tax impact on a property is $10.
On top of this, Armstrong residents will be impacted financially by changes at the Regional District of North Okanagan.
“The invoice from the regional district will drop by $13 for the average house because building inspection is now being done in-house by the city,” said Pieper.
A rebate from the regional hospital district means the average house will also save $7.
Fireworks funding soars
The City of Armstrong is backing a major community event.
Council has decided to provide $750 to the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Department for Halloween fireworks.
“It’s a real tradition in our town,” said Coun. Paul Britton.
“It’s a very important event in our community on Halloween night.”
Spallumcheen is also donating $750 towards the event.
The event costs include about $3,500 for the fireworks.