January 27, 2023

Community is asked to provide input on the 2023 budget

On January 26th Council reviewed the five-year financial plan that includes the draft 2023 budget. After careful consideration of the current financial landscape, community growth and ensuring every dollar spent at the District provides value to the community, Council deferred first reading of the financial plan. The delay allows time for staff to propose options to Council how to use the remaining balance of the COVID-19 Safe Restart Grant. Options will include funding capital or one-off items which would preserve certain reserves for future projects as well as options to fund proposed ongoing operating items on a one-time basis, which would reduce the 2023 tax increase, and then reassess those items in the 2024 budget whether they would continue on an ongoing basis using tax increases at that time.

Council is asking for community feedback on two specific proposed costs. Please let Council know which option is preferable by leaving a comment at Let’s Talk – Lake Country.

  1. RCMP Funding (options found on page 4 of the draft financial plan)
  2. Pelmewash Slope Stability Mitigation Plan (options found in on page 127 of the draft financial plan)

A Special Council meeting will be held on January 31st prior to the Town Hall to discuss funding options and give first reading to the draft financial plan.

Feedback can be provided through Let’s Talk – Lake Country and by attending the January 31st Town Hall that will begin at 7:00 pm.

Council opted to defer the decision of a water rate increase until a thorough review of the Draft - Revised Water Master Plan is completed.  

Stay involved.

Lake Country is your community and it’s your responsibility to be involved as Council makes decisions that impact all property owners. There are several ways to do this.

  1. Know the facts:
    Rumors and hearsay aren’t usually true or factual - take time to review the budget information and watch the January 26th Council meeting video.
  2. Ask questions and provide your comments:
    Social media is a tool for information and conversation however if you don’t submit your questions and comments through Let’s Talk – Lake Country it’s likely Council won’t see it and miss the opportunity of knowing what you’re thinking.
  3. Attend the virtual Town Hall on January 31st beginning at 7:00 pm
    Council will be available to answer questions and listen to what your community priorities are. Your input is appreciated and valued – please attend.

Questions about the virtual Town Hall?

Email communications@lakecountry.bc.ca