City Budget, Round 2
Prince George, B.C.- Council for the City of Prince George is back to work today to talk about the budget, and first on the list is the snow control levy.
The budget calls for a boost to the levy by $700 thousand in 2016 and $150 thousand in each of the following two years.
That means, the snow control levy would be an even $7 million dollars next year.
Sounds like a lot, but the snowfall in the first part of this year has eaten up $4.6 million of the $6.3 million dollar budget. Although Mother Nature has been kind, so far, City staff estimate the actual budget for this year will hit $6.9 million.
The extra money for snow control would also help create a reserve to handle those extra heavy snowfall years. That’s why staff are calling for further increases in 2017 and 2018.
Also on the budget agenda today, three enhancements that would, if approved, increase the tax levy.
Council will be asked to make a decision on the request of the RCMP to increase their budget by about $481 thousand to fund three new officers.
There is also a report on what would happen if the City offered ‘twoonie swimming’ on Pro D days .
The third enhancement has to do with adding lighting to the Veterans plaza in front of City Hall. That project could cost, at the very least, $88.5 thousand dollars.
The Capital Financial Plan is also on the agenda. It outlines $36.2 million dollars worth of projects which are funded for 2016, and lays out the capital projects through to 2020.
As is the case with all budget meetings, the public will have 15 minutes at the beginning of each meeting to make submissions. The first session is set to start at 3:30, the second is slated for 6 p.m.