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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 07:02

Brooks residents can have their say on the upcoming civic budget

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Citizen engagement in the municipal budgeting process is a challenge across Alberta.

To help bridge this gap, the City of Brooks launched the Citizen Budget tool for the 2017 budget and  again utilized the online tool for 2018. This tool, which was available for a month this fall, gave  residents the opportunity to provide comments and to adjust various service levels and
immediately see the impact these adjustments would have on their tax dollars.
This feedback was considered during council’s public budget meeting deliberations, which  resulted in the 2018 draft budget. 
Residents are now invited to provide additional feedback through a variety of channels, including online, email, phone or in person. Between January 2 and January 19, the City’s budget document  can be found online at www.brooks.ca and paper copies can be picked up at City Hall. Staff will  be available to take comments and on January 23, the comments will be presented to Council for  consideration.
 
“The City understands that transparency in municipal government, especially the budget process,  is important, which is why we began utilizing Citizen Budget,” says Shelley Thomas, Finance  Manager. “We look forward to increasing the number of citizens that are actively engaged in the  City’s budget process.” 

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