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The Town of Okotoks Needs Citizen Feedback on Budget Phase 2

The Town of has launched the second phase of the two-part public engagement activities for Okotoks residents to participate in determining the 2021 budget.

The survey ends October 22 at midnight.

The purpose of the Phase 2 survey is to have residents provide detailed feedback on the findings from the Phase 1 consultation. The Town is asking the community to respond to specific levers that can be used to balance the budget, such as potential reductions in services, increases in some user fees, and the addition of new user fees, as well as considering an increase in tax rates.

“Some of the items under consideration for the 2021 Budget are controversial and some of them will likely not be publicly supported,” said CAO Elaine Vincent, “so the public’s feedback is very important to help Council make the right decisions to support our community. We encourage everyone to provide their thoughts and comments so that we can build a balanced budget based on their priorities.” Watch the Phase Two video on You Tube embedded below.

The results from the first phase of engagement concluded that COVID-19 has had different levels of impact for residents and business owners. It also indicated that citizens have different ideas in terms of how to balance the budget. The information gathered from residents in the first phase helped Council establish the Budget Guidelines that are the foundation for the municipal budget, while additionally measuring the impact that proposed changes in service levels and user fees would have on the community.

The survey ends October 22 at midnight.