Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:30

Brooks residents have until Jan. 19 to comment on draft civic budget – goes to council Feb. 5

Written by  Jamie Rieger
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Brooks residents have until January 19 to provide feedback on the City of Brooks' draft budget, in a process that started in October when the City launched the Citizen Budget tool that allowed the community to have a say in the budget discussions.


The public was invited to participate in the City's Citizen Budget tool from Oct. 15-Nov. 15, 2017, where they could comment on the budget and make adjustments to various service levels to determine the impact the budget would have on their tax dollars.When council was discussing the 2018 budget, the results from this tool were taken into consideration.
"We had 114 people on the website and only 30 people submitted and the responses were all over the board," said Shelley Thomas, manager of finance.
Thomas noted that the Citizen Budget tool addressed the budget in general terms and did not look at specific items.
"It was interactive and allowed people to adjust spending levels in each department," she said. "The best use for this is for education. It talks in terms of how much taxes are collected. It gives people the opportunity to be involved."
The information gathered was used in the development of the 2018 draft budget, which people can now provide feedback.
"It will go to the Committee meeting on Jan. 23 and then to council on Feb. 5," said Thomas, adding that the City didn't expect to have any further changes.
Brooks introduced the Citizen budget tool in 2017 as a way to increase transparency with the community.
The 2018 draft budget can be viewed online at www.brooks.ca or paper copies may be picked at City Hall.

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