Citizen Budget returns … give input on how your tax dollars are spent

Even though it’s an election year and we’re in the middle of the campaign, the business of running the city continues.

This year, the City of Prince George is once again providing residents with an opportunity to express their opinions about the budget allocations for various city services and functions. Feedback will be collected through the month of October by an online budget simulator called Citizen Budget, which was first used by the city in 2015, and continues to be part of the Talktober period of citizen consultations.

Citizen Budget provides an opportunity for respondents to enter their personal property assessment into the interactive survey and see how their personal property tax is allocated across a variety of city operations. The tool also indicates how their choices about the financial allocations to various city services would be reflected in their personal property tax bill.

Upon completing the questionnaire, residents can submit their feedback, review the implications for their personal taxes, and share the results on a variety of social networks. The results will be presented for council’s consideration at the outset of 2019 budget deliberations.

Citizen Budget is available at http://princegeorge.citizenbudget.com and through a link on the City homepage.

Submissions will be accepted until October 31, 2018.