2021 interim budget adopted to support Beaverlodge operations: CAO, public works manager also appointed

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Beaverlodge has an interim budget for 2021.

The interim budget is needed to support operations when the fiscal year begins Jan. 1, and a more complete budget will be completed later in the year, said Nichole Young, town executive assistant.

The interim budget is based on the 2020 operating budget and consists of 50 per cent of last year’s budgeted expenses, she said.

The interim budget totals $3.7 million.

Major expenses include administration ($520,435), water ($434,912) and the pool ($507,770).

The 2021 operating budget will be finalized in early 2021 when the town has more information about assessment numbers, Young said.

Coun. Judy Kokotilo-Bekkerus’ motion to accept the interim budget was carried.

Jeff Johnston was formally appointed chief administrative officer (CAO). Johnston began in the position Dec. 1, but council’s vote Monday officially allows him to work on behalf of council to implement policies and programs, Mayor Rycroft said.

Johnston succeeds Karen Gariepy, who stepped down earlier this year.

He is the former chief operating officer for Aquatera.

Johnston introduced Beaverlodge’s new public works manager, Nick Kebalo. Kebalo has experience with water and wastewater infrastructure, Johnston said. His LinkedIn indicates he was an operations manager for Aquatera.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News