Significant time and effort, including 34 reports have brought city council up to speed on strategic planning - but it appears the only priority identified for 2019 thus far - is looking at increasing revenues through the PRRD requisition.
Chief Administration Officer Duncan Redfearn noted Monday in his report to city council that 15 budget reduction strategies were implemented in the 2019 budget, resulting in a savings of about $1.5 million in 2020.
“A significant amount of time and energy was spent by both council and staff reviewing and deliberating potential changes to the current level of service provided to the community, considering both revenue and reduction options.”
When staff presented 2019 budget assumptions, it was identified that there would only be $3.3 of the total $15 million PRA funds available for the 2019 Capital Program. The report also showed that, without any change, the $3.3 million available would decrease over time to only $500K within 10 years.
To date, the only one priority in 2019, is to work on increasing the revenues through the PRRD subregional requisition.
“Council has had a lot of discussion regarding the 2019 priorities, with the long term strategies attached to this report for reference; however, no other decisions have been made,” notes Redfearn.
The CAO also noted a lack of direction on the airport.
“It is not clear exactly what council’s desired outcome for the airport is.”
Currently the city funds air carrier, charter, and medicair services at the subsidy of $801,492 annually.