“The Council of the City of Dawson Creek believes that the future quality of life in the community will be compromised if the current trends in revenues and expenditures are not addressed. Revenues are not growing fast enough to fund predicted future expenditures, especially for necessary infrastructure. Council intends to develop a range of solutions to protect the future of the community and urges our current citizens to actively engage with us in this vital work.” November 7, 2016
Important Dates – Mark your calendar!
| April 24, 2017 – Council’s Third Budget Meeting (Five-Year Plan) at the Council Chambers starting at 1:00 PM. Public is encouraged to attend. Council will greatly appreciate the input.
| May 8, 2017 – Council to approve first 3 readings for the Financial Plan and Tax Rate Bylaws
March 20, 2017 – Special Budget Meeting – Other budget items were discussed such as the South Historical Society Funding Request, curbside recycling, and the Financial Plan Draft 3 update report. One focus area that came out of this meeting is regarding the 2017 tax rates. After major review, discussion and deliberation, the Council decided that the 2017 tax rates should be held at 2016 levels. For more information regarding the Financial Plan – Draft 3 Updates, please check out the CFO report – 17-044 Budget Draft 3 Update Report.
March 6, 2017 – Public Consultation Session. Check out the following documents:
There were 9 residents present at the session and several issues were discussed. The main point brought forward by the residents was the elimination of the Out of School Care Program. The Mayor concluded this discussion by assuring the residents that he is willing to meet up with them at another time to discuss this issue further.
February 20, 2017 – Council’s second budget meeting – More items regarding the operations and capital projects budget were proposed, reviewed and discussed. The following resolutions resulted from this meeting:
» That the Carbon Fund Policy be waived for 2017 by reducing the annual investment into the carbon reserve from $125 to $100 per tonne of GHG emissions.
» That the 2017 budget amount allocated for the South Peace Historical Society be adjusted to reflect $30,000 for a qualified archivist plus $6,000 for the rent.
» That the fees for non-scheduled aircraft landing at the airport be increased by 15%.
» That the 2017 de-icing revenue budgeted for the airport be increased to match the 2016 actual revenue.
February 6, 2017 – Council’s first budget meeting. Proposed tax rates and Operations budget were discussed. Check out the details on the 2017 Budget Report. Listed below are the resolutions that resulted from the Budget Meeting:
» That Report No. 17-007 from the Chief Financial Officer re: 2017 Draft 1 Budget Report be received; further, that Council accept and approve the 2017 tax rate structure, operational plan and the capital plan included in the 2017 Financial Plan Draft 1 as presented, subject to changes made by Council Resolution and changes required from the public consultation process; further, that Staff be directed to move forward with the five proposed strategies for airport services, waste services, out of school care, community grants and debt servicing to mitigate the fiscal gap created from declining revenues and increasing costs presented in the budget report.
» That staff defer the hiring of an Economic Development Officer for 2017.
» That staff be directed to provide a report on the alternatives and costs of a recycling and composting pickup service for consideration by Council.
» That 2016 spending levels for the Airport be maintained in 2017.
» That, as enrollments continue to decline, and the service can be accommodated by external home providers, the City divest itself from providing Out of School Care/Summer Care after the current school year is finished in June.
» That staff be directed to provide a formula, based on estimated operating costs of the Fire Training Centre, to be used to solicit funding from surrounding fire departments that may wish to contribute capital funding for the construction of the center in exchange for future usage of the facility.
» That the following reductions be made to the funding allocation for the City’s community grants and fee for service payments:
• Community Grants and Sponsorships from $50K to $25K;
• Dawson Creek Exhibition Association fireworks sponsorship from $10,200 to $0;
• Dawson Creek Stables and Arena Grant from $10,200 to $0;
• Mile Zero Cruisers sponsorship from $10,200 to $0.
» That any reduction in debt servicing cost under a 10% benchmark, starting in 2018, be set aside in a restricted capital reserve for future replacement until such time that current depreciation costs are funded depending on the Peace River Agreement funding levels and further, that a forecast model be provided at the same time as the five year plan is presented
November 21, 2016 – The 2017 Preview Assessment Roll Information was received from BC Assessment (BCAA) and presented to Council. This preliminary roll shows the value increases and decreases in the different assessment classes of Dawson Creek’s property assessment base.
The preview roll is 90% accurate but it is the Completed Assessment Roll that the City receives from BCAA in January 2017 that is used to calculate the tax rates for the upcoming budget year. This is the same time residents receive their Property Assessment Notices in the mail.
Some of the keynotes to the 2017 Preview Roll Report are as follows:
- The City’s total assessment base decreased marginally – less than 1%.
- The residential class decreased 1.3% and the commercial class increased .78%.
- New construction in both classes shows marginal growth at 1.09% and 1.85% respectively.
- In summary, the 2017 Preview Assessment Roll shows that growth has stabilized compared to previous years’ high growth trends.
For more details you can read the full report 2017 Preview Assessment Roll Report
November 7, 2016 – In the discussion of the Budget Process and the Fiscal Gap in the November 7 Regular Meeting, the Council approved the following Stewardship Statement:
“The Council of the City of Dawson Creek believes that the future quality of life in the community will be compromised if the current trends in revenues and expenditures are not addressed. Revenues are not growing fast enough to fund predicted future expenditures, especially for necessary infrastructure. Council intends to develop a range of solutions to protect the future of the community and urges our current citizens to actively engage with us in this vital work.”
- That the 2017 Budget Timeline be approved as presented.
- That the 2017 public consultation process be modernized to use the City’s website and other online platforms to provide budget information to a wider demographic, and; further that if contentious issues arise during the process that Council agrees to host two face to face town hall meetings to gather feedback from the public.
- That the 2017 Five Year Financial Plan be based on the principles and values included in the City’s Vision, Mission and Guiding Principle documents, Council’s City of Dawson Creek Strategic Plan 2015-2018 document and other bylaw and policy documents.
- That the list of City services funded in 2016 will form the basis for the 2017 budget absent a new City Services policy.
- That the methodology used in preparing the 2017 Financial Plan will be based on an integrated and long term approach to setting tax rates, fees and charges and service provision.
- That any funding gap created in the current operations budget from rising service and program costs and lower than forecasted operating revenues be funded by a combination of modest tax rate increases, modest targeted service reductions and modest reductions to the 2017 capital plan.
- That the Long Term Development Plan and the Annual Development Plan as presented be used as the City’s guide to Peace River Agreement funding use.
- Administration to provide a statement of impact on fiscal gap for all capital projects.
Previous Year’s Documents
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