Sechelt, BC – The District of Sechelt is beginning the planning process for the 2021 budget and the 2021 – 2025 Financial Plan with the focus on the long term. A review of the operating budget, new operating requests and new capital requests is underway. Council will begin with a deep dive into sewer operating expenses, followed by the operating expenses for each department and capital projects over the course of several Committee of the Whole meetings in the New Year. The 2021 operational and capital budget requests will be considered in the context of long term planning, optimal service delivery and cost efficiency.
The District hopes to engage its citizens each week through social media, surveys and the latest information posted to its website: sechelt.ca/budget. Information on the budget process, how taxes are calculated and an overview of services provided by each department are now available. A survey on wastewater treatment will be available on December 17.
Chief Financial Officer David Douglas stated, “We are taking a close look at the services we provide to identify those that are essential to our citizens’ quality of life, and the protection of our infrastructure. Asset management is a critical component for ensuring our roads, sewers, parks and buildings are well maintained for years to come. We are looking forward to hearing from our citizens to find out what is most important to them for our 2021 budget and 2021 – 2025 Financial Plan.”
Mayor Darnelda Siegers stated, “As our community moves towards economic recovery in the coming years we will need to balance the slow re-opening of our town to tourist revenues with the need for long term infrastructure planning. I am pleased our staff have been able to apply for many grants in the last few weeks to help support maintenance and improvements for Sechelt. I encourage the citizens of Sechelt to reach out and get involved – tell us what is important to you for our budget!”
Information can be found on the District’s website: sechelt.ca/budget
Questions and suggestions for the budget can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 604-885-1986.
David Douglas, chief financial officer