As you are likely aware, we are reviewing our 2020 City Budget with an administration proposed increase of 2.97%. Budget 2020 does present some significant challenges that we as a council hope to balance with the needs of residents. We will work to ensure your investments in our city are focused and effective. The budget is one of the most important aspects of civic involvement, and actively sets the tone and priorities of the city for the year to come.
The annual budget is also a chance for us to review where we are relative to our goals, and make adjustments where necessary to improve outcomes for residents of the city. My hope with this budget is to advocate for a community that continues to be built on sustainability, opportunity, and growth. Brandon is effectively the hub for the western side of our province, and I see us needing to look (in a regional sense) as to the services we as a community can provide while being mindful that we should be supported from other levels of government based on that same regional mindset.
We also need to be a city that is focused on meeting outcomes, ensuring trust in our institutions, building on infrastructure and quality of life, and effectively providing a level of service that has become indicative of our community. All of those come with engagement, and a level and metered approach to investment.
Here is where you come in, I want to hear from you.
Although the public budget consultations took place last week, it does not preclude you from having your say. We still have two weeks before the official deliberations, so there is still time to submit your feedback on items that are important to you in Budget 2020.
The considerations on this budget will take begin with department presentations on January 31, 2020, followed by the official deliberations on February 1, 2020. You are welcome to attend either day in the council chambers or follow along on the City of Brandon YouTube channel.
Our Acting City Manager has put together a really good snapshot of what the current proposed investment would look like, relative to a $270,000 property. You can find it here.
A full breakdown of the 2020 proposed budget can be found here, with some budget breakdowns found below.
I welcome you to call me, email, or reach out on social media to share your thoughts.
Budget 2020 is incredibly important. Let’s come together as a community and set in place some fundamentals that are important to you.
All my best,
Ward 4, University
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