A memorial honours 15-year-old Josie Evans, who died after being struck by a car in 2010 along Bottom Wood Lake Road in Lake Country. Town council approved a tax hike to pay for safety improvements, slated to start this summer.
More than $1.3 million worth of upgrades planned for Bottom Wood Lake Road in Lake Country include new lighting, crosswalks and barriers separating vehicle lanes from walking paths.
At a meeting this week, town council voted in favour of boosting the 2014 tax hike from 2.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent to raise more money for the safety improvement project.
"The increase gives us an extra $90,000 we can put into Bottom Wood Lake Road," Lake Country Mayor James Baker said Wednesday.
Council took the action to boost the tax hike after learning a hoped-for provincial grant did not materialize.
For the owner of a typical Lake Country home with an assessed value of $500,000, the 3.5 per cent municipal tax boost translates into an extra $50 when payments are due in July.
The 2014 budget was reviewed and approved at a public meeting on Monday that attracted few members of the public. Baker said he believed most people would accept a 3.5 per cent tax hike, given the safety improvements to the road and the necessity of covering other
rising costs associated with other town programs and services.
The one-kilometre-long stretch of Bottom Wood Lake Road is one of the main north-south corridors in Lake Country, passing by George Elliot secondary school and leading to Lake Country's town centre.
Despite its heavy use by both
motorists and pedestrians, the road was built to only a rural standard, with few lights and no sidewalks.
In the past four years, two people have been killed as they walked along the side of Bottom Wood Lake Road.
Fifteen-year-old Josie Evans of Lake Country died after being struck by a car on Jan. 13, 2010.
Yew-Loong Yee, a 52-year-old Calgarian, was struck by a car as he walked along the road on Oct. 8, 2011. He died two days later in
In both cases, the drivers involved in the accidents received fines rather than jail terms.