From 2003 to 2016, the population of Red Deer increased from 72,691 to about 99,832, an increase of 37.34%. During this same period, Alberta’s inflation rate increased 29.5%. Therefore, combined growth in Red Deer’s inflation and population for 2003 to 2016 was about 66.84%.

Compare this 67% increase with exponential increases in our City’s operational expenses (less depreciation) for 2003 to 2016, about $90 million in 2003 exploding to over $286 million in 2016, an increase of over 219%!