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City Budget Planning for 2019

Budget Planning for the 2019 year.
Not only is this a new budget for the new year but it’s a new council as well. Added to that is all the issues hanging over the city as a result of the flooding last year.
So the planning sessions have become a bit more involved.

I’m recording all of them and making them available here for your information. The video below is a YouTube playlist with all the planning sessions in the order in which they happened.

City Council Budget Planning Session Jan 28, 2019

Last Monday afternoon there was a Budget Planning session in city council chambers.

They faced a list of projects and expenditures that our town faces. If we had unlimited funds we’d do everything that needed to be done – but we don’t. We have limited funds and consequently we have to figure out which things are important enough to get funded and which can’t. By we I mean the city council and city staff.
Staff assembles a list of the projects that need doing. Each one is ‘scored’ in 3 areas of measurement. This system helps when prioritization is being done.
Staff has presented Council with a list of a few dozen projects. Some are new and others are carried forward from the previous year.
They are asking each member of Council to pick the 7 projects from these that they would really like to see completed in the coming year. So Staff should get 7 lists of 7 choices. This method gives staff a reading on Council’s desires and Staff can then advise council on how priorities have worked out so that Council can then pass a Budget.
This method has already been used here last year but some on council who had previous experience on council found the scheme new to them. You can see this explained in the link below on Decision Making.

WATCHING
You have options on how to watch the recording of the meeting:
– to see in its entirety begin watching in the window below
– or jump directly to a place in the meeting from the links in the list – a new tab/window will open the video at the desired spot in YouTube. To jump around in that video you can use the selections in the text box below the video. Just click on the ‘Show more’ link to expand it and see the list.