News & Announcements
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2018
Checking in on our Financial Future: What do you think?
Dawson Creek – ‘Financial sustainability’ may sound like the latest catchphrase, yet it’s vitally important to both the citizens of Dawson Creek and City Council. Financial sustainability was identified as one of six priority goals in the recent public consultation for the Official Community Plan and is also a key priority of Dawson Creek City Council.
That’s why the City is seeking community input on building a sustainable financial future through an online survey open now until May 11th. Simply fill in the survey and enter your name in the draw to win a $100 Community Services gift certificate you can use at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre and for any programs that Community Services offers such as drop-in volleyball, soccer and children’s summer camps to name a few.
“We enjoy a tremendous quality of life here in Dawson Creek, and being financially sustainable is the key to maintaining our current quality of life as well as the legacy we create for future generations,” said Mayor Bumstead. “We want to hear from our community about what people feel are the best approaches to balancing taxation for existing municipal commitments as well as future needs.”
Financial sustainability is also key to addressing the ‘fiscal gap.’ Common to local governments, the fiscal gap is when promised expenditures for items such as new roads, water systems or facility upgrades, surpass expected revenues from taxes, fees, grants, and other sources.
“We need to mind the gap and consider the full lifecycle costs of existing services and infrastructure before adding new services or infrastructure, to ensure we can afford them and they are financially sustainable over the long term,” said Mayor Bumstead. “To ignore the realities simply widens the fiscal gap, while responsible decisions will narrow it.”
Recognizing the critical importance of being financially sustainable, Council has embarked on several initiatives to ‘mind the gap’ over the long term, and to prevent undue tax burdens on current and future residents. Highlights include negotiating the new Peace River Agreement and introducing a debt management policy, user fees, development cost charges, asset management planning, and energy management initiatives.
To complete the survey and enter your name in the draw for a $100 Community Services gift certificate, simply follow the link on our website at www.dawsoncreek.ca, pick up a paper copy or use the Kiosk at City Hall, or find us during the Kiwanis Home and Garden Show, April 20-22, 2018.
“We also invite you to talk to Council members at our booth at the upcoming Kiwanis Home, Garden and Leisure Show, April 20-22 at the Encana Events Centre,” added Mayor Bumstead. “We want to hear your thoughts on how we can be financially sustainable and tackle that fiscal gap.”
For more information, be sure to check out the Our Community newsletter being sent to all homes this week, visit our website, call 250-784-3600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Media Information:
Mayor Bumstead 250-784-3616
A Regular Council Meeting will be held Monday, April 16, 2018 and will include:
- Councillor Rogers re: Feasibility Study – Indoor Field-house
Letter from Connie Patterson, President, Dawson Creek Exhibition & Stampede (March 21, 2018) re: Request for Fall Fair Sponsorship.
Email from Pia Schindler, Executive Director, The Kidney Foundation of Canada BC & Yukon Branch (April 4, 2018) re: Organ Donor Awareness.
Letter from Kathy Shoemaker, Assistant Track & Field Coach, South Peace Campus (April 5, 2018) re: Request for Donation for the Dawson Creek Secondary School Track & Field Team.
The Council of the City of Dawson Creek gave first three readings to Sign Regulation Bylaw No. 4369, 2018 at the Regular Meeting of Council on March 26th.
Council is inviting members of the public to submit comments regarding the proposed Bylaw to email@example.com or City Hall, 10105 – 12A Street, no later than noon on April 9, 2018 for inclusion on the April 16, 2018 Council agenda.
Questions regarding the bylaw may be directed to the Manager of Development Services at (250)784-3658.
A Regular Council Meeting will be held Monday, March 26, 2018 and will include:
Letter from Richard Payne, South Peace Sr. Boys Basketball Coach, South Peace Campus (March 8, 2018) re: Request for a Donation for the Dawson Creek Secondary School Sr. Boys Basketball Team.
Letter from BC HEROS (March 13, 2018) re: Request for a Letter of Support for Prehospital Critical Care.
Letter from Stewart Flinn, President, South Peace Historical Society (March 15, 2018) re: Request to Transfer Ownership of the City’s 1942 Chevrolet Army Truck.
Email from Andy Shadrack (March 19, 2018) re: Advocate for Public Transportation re: Request for Letter of Support to Extend the Time Frame regarding the Greyhound Bus Service.
With the warmer temperatures coming this weekend and into next week, City staff have been busy preparing for snow melt. Crews have spent all week clearing major drainage channels, opening culverts, and steaming catchbasins in anticipation of the water starting to flow. We will have crews out all weekend continuing this work.