Budget 2019: Municipal departments to look 5 years ahead

Budget 2019: Municipal departments to look 5 years ahead

Special committee meeting scheduled Saturday, funding priorities to be discussed

Police, fire, and individual departments within the municipality will pitch budgets to Oak Bay council and the public Feb. 23.

The municipality has scheduled a special committee of the whole meeting between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in council chambers. There, staff will bring forward items that they believe council should consider funding in the 2019 budget and beyond.

The public is invited to attend.

Director of corporate services for Oak Bay, Warren Jones, said staff don’t know what exactly will be presented yet, but each department is expected to have something to present to council.

“We’ll go through, each director will stand up say ‘here are things that we think council may (need) to consider including in the financial plan for the next five years,’” Jones said.

The meeting is to provide a platform for residents to voice opinions and ask questions to council and staff. The 2019 budget is due in the summer, and will be the first from this current council.

According to a presentation included in the meeting’s agenda, budget discussions in April will include decisions by council regarding project selection and funding sources. The presentation also says that council has already agreed in principal to a two per cent increase for infrastructure renewal, and a one per cent increase for roads.

READ MORE: Interactive budget tool launches in Oak Bay



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