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Pembina Trails releases draft budget

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The Pembina Trails School Division’s 2014-2015 draft budget calls for a 4.2% property tax increase.

PTSD released the draft budget at its Feb. 13 board of trustees meeting. It calls for a spending increase of $5,808,139, or 3.9%, over 2012-13.

According to the release that accompanied the draft, the reason for the combined operating and capital expenditures increase is more resources — including increased teacher staffing, expenditures for the new Provincial Quality Education Initiative Fund, the Career Development Fund, and increased transportation services to the Waverley West development expansion.

PTSD superintendent of education Ted Fransen said taxpayers should look through the draft budget at www.pembinatrails.ca and contact the board with feedback.

"The board will only finalize this in March, and is looking for only feedback at this point," Fransen said.

The impact on the average homeowner, assessed at $371,556, would be an increase of $82 (from $1950 to $2032). Last year, the average home was assessed at $330,667.

"No one likes a tax increase, and most of us like the good services that we get," Fransen said.

"Our board is committed to providing the absolute best service that it can at a reasonable cost."

Delegations can make presentations at PTSD’s regular board meeting on Feb. 27.

For more information, call the PTSD at 204-488-1757.

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