2016 Budget recommendations presented November 20

November 20, 2015

2016 Budget recommendations presented November 20

Strathcona County Council today received 2016 Budget recommendations for municipal operating and capital budgets. Preliminary numbers indicate the proposed municipal tax dollar increase will be 0.7 per cent. The budget responds positively to changing economic and market conditions, while supporting required service levels and seeking to hold the line on costs and achieve ever greater efficiencies.

Members of the public are invited to attend the business plan and budget meetings, where Council will discuss and provide direction on the recommended budget. Meetings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 25, 27 and 30, and; tentatively, December 2.

Council is expected to approve the 2016 Budget on December 8; that 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. Meetings will be webcast live, or citizens can watch the recorded webcasts.

In 2015, County administration introduced and Council approved the first four-year corporate business plan and approach to priority-based budgeting. Priorities defined in Council’s strategic plan provide focus to corporate and department business plans, and act as a filter for all budget decisions and day-to-day operations. Budget 2016 reflects the organization’s continued transition and evolution through this process, as the organization strives to ensure municipal dollars are clearly linked to the programs and services that are most aligned to community priorities.

Further information about the 2016 Budget 

 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 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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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595