DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek Council has identified four key priorities for consideration as part of the 2021 budget.
Carried over from the 2020 budget, plans to shift some of the Peace River Agreement funding from the operating budget back to the capital program.
The goal is to reach 70 per cent of PRA revenue going to capital investment, while the rest would go towards operations. Debt servicing falls into the category of operations. The City hopes to reach this goal by 2030.
According to the Dawson Creek 2021 budget, capital spending allocation changes from $9.2 million in 2020 to $9.4 million in 2021, representing a change from 59 per cent to 60 per cent. The operating spending will remain the same at $6.3 million, but the percentage will change from 41 to 40 per cent.
The second consideration pertains to sub-regional recreation and cultural services funding. The plan is to work with the Peace River Regional District to find opportunities for funding through a new conversion bylaw. The City hopes to complete work in 2021 and implement strategies for the 2022 budget year.
The final consideration brought over from 2020 explores opportunities for a new tourism delivery and funding model.
The fourth consideration, a new strategic priority for 2021, is to examine the possibility of changing existing regional airport authority operations into a regional-based model.
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