Budget Book and proposed Financial Plan released Print Article Font Size
cover-page.jpgA responsible budget, providing funding for renewal of Town assets and maintaining your levels of services are a few of the top priorities in the Town of Golden’s proposed 2018-2022 financial plan.

At the December 19th Regular Open Council meeting, Mayor and Council passed the first reading of the proposed five-year financial plan after several months of meetings and deliberations.

Council is targeting a 5-per-cent budget increase for 2018. This increase will ensure that the municipality not only keeps up with inflation and maintains service levels, but also ensures that funds are going into reserves for infrastructure renewal. With the federal government indicating large amounts of infrastructure grants arriving over the next several years, Council is determined to meet the financial contribution amounts required to take advantage of these opportunities while avoiding long term borrowing for as long as possible.

“Once again at this time of year we are hoping for residents to tell us what they think of their municipality’s spending and saving plan,” says Mayor Ron Oszust. “Public consultation presents an opportunity for residents to voice concerns or recommendations to the Town prior to the budget being approved.”

The municipality uses an open house a forum to discuss the budget and the various services provided. Staff from all departments will be on hand to explain existing services, and upcoming projects. The event is a forum for face-to-face conversations about issues that are important to everyone.

“This is a chance for the community to learn about the different services Golden offers and what the Council’s direction is for 2018 and beyond, by asking questions and providing us feedback,” says CAO  Jon Wilsgard.

Being a good citizen is about being involved!  On January 16, Town Council and Staff encourage you to get involved and drop by the Seniors Centre between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The event is open to everyone and free to attend.

Stay tuned for the next chapter of the Budget 2018 series, released following the open house. The Town of Golden is committed to bringing you the whole budget story throughout the public consultation process. Look for our news releases in the local newspaper, on local radio and here on our website.

You can view the proposed detailed financial plan by clicking HERE and its partner, the ‘Budget Book’ by clicking HERE. *Please note, these are large documents and may take a few minutes to load. You can also pick up a hard copy of either document at Town Hall.