Concerned about the budget? Want to have your voice heard?
The City of Dawson Creek is hosting a public budget consultation this Monday (the 11th) at the Co-op Mercer Hall in the Encana Events Centre.
Of particular note in this year’s budget plans are $1,351,867 in reductions of the operational budget.
This includes reducing park maintenance standards by $400,000, removing funding for the project manager position and half of the building inspector position ($152,642), reducing the library budget by 10% ($59,400), reducing recreation programs with savings of $20,000, reducing promotional items for administration and development services by 50% ($12,500), reducing travel and training by 20% ($110,941), reducing the use consultants by 43% ($326,057).
They also will be reducing per diem from $125 to $75 ($9,140), and further reducing the administration budget by 7% ($140,000), as well as an increase to $376 per hour for August ice time.
As well, the current draft includes removing funding from the Energy Management program ($15,601) and the Sustainability program ($17,626), as well as removing partial funding for the grant allocated to the Archivist position at the Historical Society to the tune of $30,000.
While it doesn’t have a dollar amount in the 2019 budget, and wouldn’t necessarily affect this year — estimated savings are $365,000 — a proposed reduction in police nominations covered by the City from 25 to 22 as part of Council’s reduction strategies has been controversial.
Council has noted they will not make final decisions on budget matters until after public consultation.
The meeting goes at 7 pm Monday.