Public welcome at November budget meetings
Brazeau County Administration is once again hard at work preparing a budget to present to Council for discussion this fall.
Each year Administration begins work in July to prepare the next year’s budget. This involves looking at ongoing projects, services, operational needs and balancing priorities with the need to present a fiscally responsible budget to Council for their deliberation. This deliberation takes place over several meetings held each November where staff present their proposed budgets and Council provides input and direction to meet the priorities they have set out for the municipality for the coming years.
This year Administration will be revamping the format for how they present the budget to Council and the public. It is hoped this new format will be more accessible for members of the public who wish to be engaged in the budget process.
At its meeting on August 21 Council approved budget meeting dates over two weeks in November. Public budget meetings have been set to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Brazeau County Council Chambers on November 13, 14, 15, 16 and November 26, 29 and 30. Should Council finish budget deliberations without the need for all of the set dates, the remainder would be cancelled. Updates on changes to budget meetings will be advertised on Brazeau County’s website and Facebook account.
Brazeau County is committed to having an open and transparent budget process and members of the public are encouraged to attend any or all of the meetings. Budget documents will also be made available online for those unable to attend.
For the past two years, Brazeau County Council has passed an interim budget in the fall. This meets requirements of the Municipal Government Act and ensures funds are available for day-to-day operations of the County. However, vital information such as grant allocations and the Alberta School Foundation Fund requisition (school tax) isn’t available until after the Province passes its budget in March. Once that information is received Council will pass a final budget ahead of passing its Tax Rate Bylaw next spring.