Developing 2020 Budget
Public Consultation / Meetings to discuss 2020 budget and 2020-2024 financial planThe public is invited to observe and participate in the City Council's budget meetings as Council members began discussions on the 2020 budget and 2020-2024 financial plan.
The Committee of the Whole Council (COWC) met on July 9, 2019 to discuss proposed Budget 2020 and Five Year Financial Plan development timeline and budget direction. The timeline was approved by Council on July 16, 2019 with Council committing to:
• support a 0% tax rate increase for 2020;
• support 0% water and sewer rate increases for 2020;
• support a reduction in capital spending to within a target of 20% of the annual
operating / capital budget for 2020, etc.
The City staff is working now on putting together the draft 2020 budget and financial plan, with the goal to present it to the public COWC meetings on October 29 and November 12, 2019.
(Preliminary budget documents that were discussed are presented on this web page).
In addition to seeking public feedback at the Council meetings, the City is using public engagement platform and online budget consultation tool. This interactive tool, powered by the Ethelo's stakeholder engagement platform, allows residents to see the revenues the City is budgeting to collect and expenditures that are planned to be spent on services and programs in our community in 2020. The tool also allows residents to provide valuable input on how they would like to balance City’s budget by changing the revenues and expenditures (for reference, the 2019 interactive budget tool can be found at williamslake.citizenbudget.com; the 2020 version will be available, once the draft budget is put together).
Residents are also encouraged to take a look at the City’s budget presentations on this web page (to be added, as information is presented to the City Council). The budget and expenses for all City departments and divisions to be presented as well as the City's capital plans. Residents will also see the 2020 budget and revisions as Council deliberates and makes decisions in the coming weeks and months.
If you would like to leave a comment on the City's 2020 budget for City Council, please e-mail us a message, stating your name and Williams Lake address (anonymous comments or comments from non-residents will not be presented to Council).