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Media Release - City Seeks Public Input On 2019 Budget

 

MEDIA RELEASE 
 

December 13, 2018 
 

City Seeks Public Input On 2019 Budget

 

For the third consecutive year, the residents of Powell River will have the opportunity to participate in the City of Powell River’s budget deliberations through the Citizen Budget. Last year, there were 958 visits to the Citizen Budget website and 154 responses submitted, which provided the City very useful information.

 

The Citizen Budget is an online budget simulator that is conducted to measure public satisfaction with municipal programs and services and to gain an insight into the service priorities of residents.

 

The operating budget of various services will be displayed with a slide impact bar, allowing participants to increase, decrease or maintain the service’s budget. If a participant increases a service’s budget, they will be required to decrease another service’s budget by an equivalent amount or increase property taxes to balance the budget. By increasing or decreasing spending, residents advise the City on what programs and services they value more. In addition, residents are encouraged to provide qualitative feedback on service areas, or other components of the City’s budgetary process.

 

Participants will be able to change the budgeted 2019 property tax increase of 1.5%, which is based on a historical estimate of inflation. The most recent BC consumer price index report produced by Statistics Canada indicates inflation of 3.0% for the year ending October 2018. A 1.5% increase represents a $28 increase for the average assessed residential property.

 

All input will be reviewed by Council, shared with the public and help with the prioritization of resources, and financial forecasting decisions.

 

The Citizen Budget is accessible by following this link: https://powellriver.citizenbudget.com/. Residents who do not have access to a computer or internet services are encouraged to visit the Powell River Public Library to access the simulator free of charge. In addition, paper copies are available at City Hall and the Library.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Ryan Youngman, Senior Accountant

604-485-8619

 

Event date: 
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 2:15pm

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