2017 budget recommendations presented November 18

November 18, 2016

2017 budget recommendations presented November 18

Strathcona County Council today received 2017 Budget recommendations for municipal operating and capital budgets. Budget 2017 reflects ongoing work to focus on community priorities and implement recently introduced priority-based budgeting (PBB) tools. The budget also identifies a number of efficiencies, based on a review of historical trends and application of the PBB tools.

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 23, 25 and 28, and; tentatively, December 1.

Council is expected to approve Budget 2017 early in December.

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.

Budget 2017 makes use of the organization’s strategic planning framework and new PBB tools to strengthen and enhance how we budget. Leading up to Budget 2017, a review of all County programs provided the organization with a better understanding of the programs we deliver, at what level of service, and at what cost, as well as the strength of program alignment to Council-defined priorities.

Use of the tools has also led to efficiencies and cost savings, through reallocating resources within and between departments to fund areas of higher priority, and reducing levels of support directed to lower priority areas.

Further information about the 2017 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