Ponoka’s 2021 budget facing ‘increased pressures’: Mayor

PONOKA – The mayor of Ponoka is warning residents that its 2021 budget is facing increased pressures.

“It’s important to keep in mind that, due to COVID-19, the federal and provincial governments are facing increased budget pressures this year, which could impact municipal funding and the 2021 town budget,” said Mayor Rick Bonnet.

“Those increased budget pressures and the ongoing uncertainty caused by this pandemic could result in unanticipated budget constraints that we may have to grapple with.”

The virtual Budget Open House and Community Input Survey will be available on the town website at www.ponoka.ca until Sept. 27. The 2021 Town of Ponoka Budget has gone mostly online due to COVID-19 restrictions and Ponoka residents can give their input. Paper copies of the budget consultation package are also available at the town office at 200, 5604-50 Street.

“Council values the input we receive from our citizens,” said Bonnet. “It helps us make more informed decisions that reflect what residents value most when it comes to town services and future planning.”

The virtual Budget Open House and online survey gives residents an opportunity to learn more about the budget planning process, how property taxes are determined and where Budget funds are allocated. There’s also a Citizen Input Survey to give input on the budget and identify key priorities they would like town council to consider as it prepares to deliberate the upcoming budget.

Citizen input collected from the Community Input Survey results will be
summarized and presented to town council for review during the 2021 budget deliberation process in November. A summary of the citizen input received will also be shared with the public.

The public is welcome to observe council’s annual budget deliberations being held in November 2020. Due to COVID-19, the public will be invited to observe the deliberations electronically this year.

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