Budget Talks Underway
How the City spends its dollars- image courtesy City of Prince George.
Prince George, B.C. – The proposed budget is now under consideration by Mayor and Council for Prince George.
While the overall budget calls for an increase of 2.73% in the amount needed to maintain services at current levels, there are requests for budget enhancements. Those enhancements will be discussed at Wednesday’s budget consultation. Wednesday’s session will focus on the capital plans.
In the opening presentation to Council, Director of Finance Kris Dalio pointed out snow removal during 2016 only used $4.3 million of the available $7 million. That means, there is now $2.7 million in the snow reserve to handle any future major snow event. The budget calls for no change in the snow levy, so a further $7 million will be available for the full year for snow removal. There is also no proposed change to the General infrastructure reinvestment levy, or the road rehabilitation levy.
There was plenty of public consultation on the development of this budget, including the TalkTober neighbourhood discussions, and an online survey plus the opportunity offered at the beginning of each budget meeting.
The online survey indicated roadways and lighting were the number one priority for those who filled out the survey, while those who attended TalkTober placed Parks and Trails as their number one concern. But City Manager Kathleen Soltis says neither of the public consultations produced results that were statistically valid, the information is for Council’s consideration only.