2015 Budget recommendations presented November 17

November 17, 2014

Budget 2015

Today Council received an overview of the business planning and budget process.

Administration presented the 2015-2018 Corporate Business Plan and 2015 Budget recommendations to Council for municipal operating and capital budgets. Preliminary numbers indicate the proposed municipal tax dollar increase will be 3.2 per cent, which is in line with the Municipal Price Inflation rate, estimated at 3.0 per cent for 2015.

Members of the public are invited to attend the business plan and budget meetings, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on November 24 and 27, December 2, and tentatively December 4.

Council is expected to approve the 2015-2018 Corporate Business Plan and 2015 Budget on December 9; the Council Meeting starts at 2 p.m.

All business plan and budget meetings are held in Council Chambers in the Community Centre, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, and will be webcast live, or citizens can watch the recorded webcasts.

In 2014, work progressed to strengthen and simplify Strathcona County's business planning and budgeting process. County administration will also present the proposed 2015-2018 Corporate Business Plan to define short- and medium-term goals to move the organization forward toward achieving Council’s strategic vision. Once approved, the corporate business plan will guide the organization in focusing its resources and attention on the programs and services that matter most to its citizens. Work in subsequent years will build on this process to present multi-year budgets, enhance citizen engagement related to setting priorities, transparency and progress reporting.

Further information about the 2015 Budget.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contacts: Laura Probst, Financial Services, 780-464-8415

Kelly Rudyk, Corporate Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, 780-464-8089