Throughout 2017, the City hosted public budget meetings and talked to various groups. During that time, staff gathered input from residents regarding items they would like to see included in the supplemental budget and the Five-year Financial Plan. The input was reviewed by City staff and City Council, and a supplemental budget list was created.
Residents are now invited to a round-table discussion with City staff and Councilors on Tuesday, February 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre Lounge, to provide feedback on the supplemental list, discuss the details of the budget, or provide new ideas for future consideration.
The planning process is continuous, and many projects take multiple years to implement. The City wants to hear your ideas now so that staff can investigate to determine how your ideas can feasibly be incorporated into the Five-year Financial Plan.
The input received will be presented to Council on February 20, at which time Council will consider any additional items to be included in the 2018-2022 Five-year Financial Plan.
NEW for 2018
The City introduces Citizen Budget, an online simulated budgeting exercise that allows users to allocate tax dollars to various City services based on their assessed home value and prioritize supplementary items. This goal of this participatory tool is to help demystify the complexity of civic finances, as well as gather useful feedback on budget items.
The City has been working hard to improve efficiencies throughout the organization. Some of these efficiencies have been outlined here: