DC council setting 2019/2020 priorities

City council hopes to use at least 85 per cent of Peace River Agreement revenue to be used for Capital investment over the next seven years - instead of using it to run the day to day operations of Dawson Creek. 

The first public consultation for 2020 strategic priorities went Monday October 21 at City Hall. In effort to achieve this goal council has identified four key priorities for additional staff research and council consideration as part of the upcoming 2020 budget.

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1. Sub-Regional recreation and cultural services funding - work with PRRD to identify opportunities for increased Sub-Regional recreation and cultural services funding utilizing existing and supplementary letters patent.

2. Tourism. Explore funding alternatives and operational efficiency. 

3. Transit. Investigate cost savings of 50%.

4. Fire Department. Explore opportunities for increased revenue and cost savings. 

The city is looking for feedback from the public that will be considered in the financial planning. An online survey feedback questionnaire is available on the City of Dawson Creek website and will be at the first public consultation. 

This will give residents the opportunity to bring suggestions for considerations in the first and second drafts of the budget. 

A final third draft after a secondary public consultation scheduled for February 2020 will be brought forward in March 2020, with adoption taking place in April. After this Council will receive the five year Financial Plan for 2020-2024.

This timeline will allow the tendering process to begin ahead of the busy season for city maintenance and upgrades. For more information about the budget please go to www.dawsoncreek.ca/cityhall/budget  

Meetings (unless noted otherwise) will be held at 1:00 pm in Council Chambers, located upstairs at City Hall, 10105 - 12A Street.

The next city of Dawson Creek budget meeting goes Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. The second goes January 27, 2020.

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