Now is your opportunity to share your ideas and feedback to inform the proposals being presented to Council as the City starts early work preparing for 2022 budget deliberations.

Over the past year, Grande Prairie, like the rest of the world, has faced great challenges and unknowns, requiring significant response, innovation and community support.

As the City moves forward, focus remains on prioritizing and stimulating our local economic recovery and supporting the community through re-openings. This community consultation is an opportunity to collect feedback from residents to understand community priorities during this time.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City’s engagement website at engage.cityofgp.com/budget2022 to participate in a variety of online engagement activities to shape the upcoming budget including:

  • A survey that takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • A Balancing Act tool to learn how the City’s operating budget is allocated and submit your own balanced City budget
  • An idea space to share your answers to brainstorming questions
  • A Q&A space to ask administration questions about the budget and get live responses

The tools are available from May 3- May 24 as part of a multi-phase engagement. Residents are encouraged to check the engagement page regularly for updates on new opportunities to participate, including an in-person session contingent on COVID-19 provincial health regulations.

To participate, residents must create an account on the website to verify residency and agree to the terms of use.

An in-person engagement session is being planned, with details to be announced at a future date and subject to provincial COVID-19 health orders.

Results from all the engagement activities are being compiled and presented to City Council prior to Council budget deliberations in November.

The goal of this project is to consult with the community for a more in-depth understanding on what services and initiatives residents value the most, where they want to invest their tax dollars, and how satisfied they are with the services the City offers. The City is committed to keeping the community informed, listening to and acknowledging concerns and aspirations, and providing feedback on how public input influenced budget deliberations.

The City thanks all residents for their participation and input to the 2022 Budget so we can make budget decisions that get the most value for your tax dollars.

Background

In May of 2020, in response to COVID-19, City Council approved a one-time only 1.25% rebate on taxes, equivalent to the previously approved increase during Budget 2020. Council approved a budget of a 0% property tax increase for 2021.