Nothing is final until it is, but…

Rumours were swirling last week about the Town of Slave Lake cutting one of its two peace officer positions. The resulting chatter gave the impression it was a done deal.

Not so. Nothing is final until the town’s 2024 budget is approved, and that hasn’t happened yet.

All kinds of other things are possible too, including, for example, a 15 per cent tax increase. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

It’s not unusual, in fact, at the beginning of budget deliberations, for a municipality to be looking at that sort of increase. The reason councils spend dozens of hours in budget meetings is to figure out how to get that tax increase number down as close to zero as possible. And the only way to do that is to cut things that somebody in the organization thinks are important.

Still, the information on the peace officer situation must be based on something. Likely it is being talked about in budget meetings.

A finalized budget is always the result of a series of difficult compromises. Stay tuned.

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