City budget talks will be tougher than ever this year given that Prince George is facing already facing a $6.8 million shortfall for 2021, due to the pandemic. But you can have your say on how the city spends the dollars it has.
Starting today, the City of Prince George is providing residents and business operators with an opportunity to express their opinions about the budget allocations for various city services and functions.
The city annually conducts a public survey to gain input about budget priorities. The online survey provides an opportunity for respondents to enter their property assessment into the interactive budget simulator to see how their personal or business property tax is allocated across a variety of city services. The tool also indicates how their choices about the financial allocations to service areas would be reflected in their property taxes.
The survey covers a variety of city service areas. A few examples include:
- Police, fire protection, and Bylaw enforcement
- Snow and ice control
- Parks, trails, and beautification
- Recreation and Community Facilities
- Roads and sidewalks
- Attracting/retaining business and facilitating development
- Community support
The survey closes at midnight on November 8. The results will be presented for council’s consideration at the outset of 2021 budget deliberations next year.
Mayor’s Talktober Online Town Hall
One of the hallmarks of the fall season at the City of Prince George is the public consultation period known as Talktober, but the event is taking on a different form this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 27 at 7 p.m., Mayor Lyn Hall will host a Talktober online townhall on Zoom. The event will run until about 9 p.m.
Here is how residents can participate:
- Residents are asked to register on Eventbrite. The registration is quick and easy.
- Registered participants will receive an email, which will provide a URL link to the Zoom meeting.
- During the event, participants who wish to ask a question will be called on by staff in order.
- Residents may also opt to submit a question ahead of time for possible inclusion during the event. They can email firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 3-1-1.
The Talktober town hall can be watched on Zoom, and will be streamed live on the City Facebook page. The city will also post a recording of the event on these channels.
Information about both the survey and Talktober is available on the City’s public engagement hub at www.princegeorge.ca/getinvolved. Residents who wish to receive information about future public consultation events and opportunities can also subscribe to receive email notifications from the City directly to their inbox (select “Public Consultations and Information sessions”).