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City Residents To Have Voice In 2018 Budget
Posted Date: 9/25/2017 12:30 PM
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City residents once again have the opportunity to participate in municipal budget deliberations from their homes or offices using a computer or smart phone.

Citizen Budget launched today. This is a unique and easy opportunity for residents to provide feedback on budget matters and spending decisions. It’s the fourth time the City of Grande Prairie has used this tool to inform budgeting. It can be found at www.cityofgp.com/citizenbudget

Users participate by entering their top three and bottom three priorities for City programs and services. The interactive tool also features two pie charts. One shows the City’s revenue sources. The other allows respondents to see how their tax dollars are put to work in City operations by entering their assessed property value.

“We use Citizen Budget to allow residents an opportunity to provide input on their spending priorities,” says Susan Walker, Acting Chief Financial Officer. “It’s also helpful in illustrating how their tax dollars are used. We invite residents to take a few minutes to fill out this survey and provide feedback on the 2018 budget. Resident input is extremely valuable in Council budget discussions.”

The City operates on a four-year budget. In this case, it’s for 2015-2018. However, every fall City Council does a review to allow for emerging needs, community concerns and to fine tune.

In 2017, the Operating Budget is $163,397,739 while the municipality has earmarked $34,194,538 for capital expenditures.

Citizen Budget closes Oct. 13. Administration will take the information from this survey and provide it to Council members before they begin budget deliberations. City Council meets Nov. 15-17 to review the operating and capital budgets and to set a property tax impact.

“We appreciate residents taking the time to help us set budget priorities,” Walker says.