On Tuesday, February 5, council is holding a public consultation meeting on the proposed 2013 – 2017 Five-Year Municipal Financial Plan. Starting at 7 p.m. in council chambers, the current draft will be presented to residents, and those in attendance will have a chance to comment on proposed revenues, expenses and capital projects for the next five years.

In the proposed budget, no net increase has been made to taxes collected from major industry, and the residential mill rate has been increased slightly, along with water and sewer fees. Some of the proposed capital projects include a $274,000 waterline upsize project, and $95,000 for a new floor for the community hall, based on a 50/50 grant. $60,000 to expand the cemetery and columbarium and $157,000 for new and replacement vehicles and lawn mowers.
The budget is set to be finalized on February 5th after consideration of the public’s suggestions.
Prior to that meeting, an open house will be held to get feedback on the community’s Official Community Plan. Held at Peace Community Church on January 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., consulting firm Allnorth will be presenting their work done so far, and the whole community is invited to voice their opinions. Allnorth will be looking for input on the direction of policies, and land use items.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided, along with door prizes.