Council views first draft of 2019 budget

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Chief Administrative Officer, Debra Moffatt shared administrations first draft of the 2019 budget during a regular meeting on Oct 18.

The drafted budget saw a total of $4,492,870, there is no proposed capital budget for 2019 as the majority of Forestburg’s reserves and grants will be utilized during phase one of the residential subdivision located on SE 3-42-15 W4M.

Administration did not show this as a capital project due to the fact that a majority of the costs are related to the development of the land for resale purposes.

“This is really easy to read,” said Coun. Elaine Fossen regarding the first draft as it was presented in a different format than that of previous budgets.

CAO Moffatt explained that the budget was based off a 50 per cent cut of Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding.

This was recommended by Alberta Urban Municipalities Association president Barry Morishita.

“I will definitely re-work this,” said CAO Moffatt, “By the end of the year, I hope to have this fleshed out.”

“This is just information at this point in time,” said CAO Moffatt, “It will be coming back regularly until the end of the year.

Mayor Blaise Young would like to see $10,000 put towards playground reserves for upcoming years.

Camrose Primary Care Network

Stacey Strilchuk, executive director from the Camrose Primary Care Network (PCN) gave a brief presentation about PCN and what it has to offer.

The Camrose PCN is a network of healthcare practitioners that provide primary care to over 34,000 individuals in the local communities including Bashaw, Camrose, Daysland, Forestburg and Hardisty.

“This is person-centred care,” said Strilchuk, “The individual is at the centre of their care. We could not do the work we do without our community partnerships.”

 

Emily Wheller

ECA Review

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