Share Your View: Town of Hinton 2018 Budget

The Town of Hinton invites you to use this budget simulator to help you better understand how your property tax dollars are spent, and to provide input on various programs and service levels.

Like any household or business, the needs and wants within the municipality are often greater than what can be afforded. As such, each year, as a part of the budget process, choices must be made that directly impact the taxes you pay and the level of services the Town can provide. Our budget takes into consideration competing priorities and challenges, while at the same time, strives to provide high quality services for all citizens.

We want to ensure that every citizen has input into how his or her tax dollars are spent. The results of this exercise will be shared with Town Council so that your priorities are better understood and reflected in the 2018 budget.

The Town of Hinton thanks you for taking the time to complete this survey. If you have any questions or additional feedback, please contact Denise at (780) 865-6078.

Let’s Get Started!

This tool is for educational purposes. Please feel free to explore as many scenarios as you like before submitting your final choices.

Instructions:

  1. Enter your assessed property value.
  2. Move the sliders left or right to indicate the amount of tax dollars that should be allocated to that service. You can simulate a budget increase or decrease, or leave the service at the existing amount.
  3. Move the slider to the spots you feel would be best and see the overall impact on your property taxes.
  4. Leave comments explaining why you made your budgeting decisions.
  5. After you have made your choices, scroll to the bottom to see how your budgeting decisions impacted your property taxes.

Did you know...
Every year, property taxes include third-party requisitions for Provincial Education Programs and the Evergreens Foundation. The funds collected go directly to the requesting agency and are not set or controlled by the Town.

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Road & Sidewalk Maintenance Learn more

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The Town works hard to ensure our infrastructure assets are created and maintained with excellence—this includes road maintenance. One of Hinton’s priorities is better winter roads. Staff and contractors work hard to provide the salting, sanding, and grading needed to provide better winter transportation conditions. Please see the Town's Snow Policy for more information, including information about prioritization.

Did you know...
In Hinton, there are approximately 85 km of paved roadways, 10 km of gravel roads, and 100 km of sidewalks.

Would you increase, decrease, or maintain funding for roads, sidewalks, and snow removal?
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Waste Management Learn more

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The Town provides garbage collection services to both residential and commercial customers throughout Hinton. Recycling efforts are managed by West Yellowhead Recycles. Recyclable materials accepted at the recycling facility at Rowan Street include: cardboard, office pack, mixed waste, newsprint, cartridges, printers, toners, batteries, glass, tin, milk containers, and plastic.

Did you know...
During Environmental Week (the first week of June), the Town provides free large pickup service.

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Fire Rescue Services Learn more

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The Hinton Fire Department is committed to protecting lives and property through emergency response to fires, medical incidents, motor vehicle collisions, hazardous material incidents, and water rescues, delivering services to the Town and surrounding Yellowhead County (through agreements) to approximately 6,600 square km of area. In addition, the Fire Department maintains extensive public education, inspection, and emergency management programs. The Fire Department places strong emphasis on the training of its members in order to provide an outstanding level of service.

Did you know...
In 2016, the Hinton Fire Department responded to over 315 calls for service.

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Protective Services (Bylaw) Learn more

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The goal of Bylaw Services is to uphold the bylaws of the Town by working in an amicable partnership with the public and other Town departments and agencies for the purpose of preserving the peace and good order of the community through education, compliance, and unbiased application of the law. Our Peace Officers enforce all Town of Hinton bylaws and are also given specific authority by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General to manage/enforce legislation such as the Animal Protection Act, the Traffic Safety Act, and the Gaming and Liquor Act.

Did you know...
The phone number for Protective Services is 780-865-6009, and calls are answered 24/7. Peace Officers work on shifts, and they are available for emergencies after normal business hours.

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Policing Services Learn more

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The Town contracts the RCMP to provide policing and community-related services such as the preservation of public peace, prevention of crime, detection and apprehension of law offenders, protection of the rights of persons and property, and the enforcement of federal laws, provincial laws, and municipal bylaws. This partnership provides the community with effective, efficient, and affordable policing.

Did you know...
The Town pays 70% of the RCMP’s operating costs, with the provincial government covering the remaining 30%.

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Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Learn more

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FCSS develops locally-driven, prevention-based social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Some of the programs operated through FCSS are: Community Development, the Youth Centre, the Volunteer and Information Centre, Hinton Kids for Success, Parent Link and Prevention of Elder Abuse programming.


Did you know...
Core FCSS programs are 80% funded by provincial funds and the municipality contributes 20% or more.

Would you increase, decrease, or maintain funding for FCSS?
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Transit System and Bussing Learn more

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Currently, the Town’s transit system provides service six days a week. The Town also operates a mobility bus service, Freedom Express. This service provides door-to-door transportation for seniors and persons with special needs. This service is provided 35 hours per week.

Did you know...
In 2016, the average cost per public transit trip was $12.26. Of that total, the rider paid an average of $2.68, with the remaining $9.58 being subsidized by the Town. That means that, on average, the rider pays 22% of the cost, while the remaining 78% is funded by taxpayer dollars.

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Parks & Recreation Learn more

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The Town of Hinton provides diverse opportunities for recreation and sports to enrich the quality of life for all residents. Amenities include: parks and open spaces, natural outdoor recreation areas like playgrounds, sport courts, sport fields, off-leash dog areas, pathways, urban forests, and a cemetery. The Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre also offers year-round family fun with swimming, skating, court activities, bouldering, and programming. These services contribute to community health and create a safe and vibrant community for all.

Did you know...
With over 30 acres of park and countless kilometres of trails, the Hinton Bike Park is the largest free-access bike park in the province.

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Arts, Culture, Heritage & Library Learn more

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One of the Town’s overarching goals is to encourage as many citizens as possible to take advantage of our diverse array of cultural activities, as we work to create a community that is vibrant and people-centered. Arts, culture, and heritage include visual arts, performing arts, community heritage, cultural festivals and events, and public art. The Library gives our community access to informational, recreational, and cultural materials, acting as a community hub for everyone to enjoy.

Did you know...
The new Performing Arts Venue is scheduled to open to the public in autumn of 2017.

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Town Priorities

What are your top three priorities for the Town of Hinton, in terms of municipal budgeting, over the next twelve months?

Budget Priorities

What are your budgeting priorities over the next four years?

Additional Information

Capital Infrastructure (Reserves)

A portion of your tax dollars is allocated each year to replacing and adding key infrastructure and transferred to reserves (savings) for future capital and one-time projects. This might include replacing underground structure such as waterlines, replacing vehicles and equipment and building repairs such as Recreation Center and Firehall.

The Town’s municipal infrastructure is vital in sustaining the economic, environmental, social and cultural life of our community. The quality of life enjoyed by our citizens is directly related to the condition of the infrastructure. The goal of the Town is to ensure the resources are available to build and maintain infrastructure assets to provide services to the community. The annual transfers to reserves for various services are included in the respective budgets.

Debt repayment

Funds in this category go directly towards paying off the Town’s debt. The Town uses debt to finance certain large infrastructure projects that will benefit the community over a long period of time, such as the police station, fire hall, government centre and water treatment plant.

Facilities Services

This department provides maintenance standards and services for the routine and non-routine care of the Town owned buildings and manages leased Town spaces.

General Administration

Municipal Council is an elected body that develops policy that serves the best interests of the overall community. The role and authority of Council is established under the Municipal Government Act. The Chief Administrative Officer is the only employee of Council.

Also included in this category are: the office of the Chief Administrative Officer, communications, legislative services, finance services, information technology, human resources, planning and development, and economic development.

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Contact Information

Please note that entering any of the following information is optional; this information is collected for statistical and follow-up purposes. If you would prefer to leave this section blank, you may still submit your feedback anonymously.

None of the personal information collected will be used or shared with any third parties.

If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".