In preparation for 2022 budget deliberations, Crowsnest Pass council discussed the budget’s guidelines and timeline during the July 13 meeting.
A new grant application format was also approved.
Administration will begin putting together a draft budget according to 10 guidelines, including two per cent increases in operating expenses and project costs, based upon expected inflation. Contributions to reserves will be budgeted at three per cent.
Council members had until Aug. 10 to request initiatives to be considered in the 2022 budget. One item brought up during the meeting was increasing the number of municipal buildings that have air conditioning. Councillor initiatives will be reviewed at the Aug. 17 council meeting.
A number of items deferred from the 2021 budget will be considered in 2022, such as a magic carpet lift at Pass Powderkeg, a lagoon dredge, the Karelian bear dog program, a community parade float, repairing the Old Mauve train site in Blairmore, moving the west fence at the pool and relocating the municipal welcome sign to the east boundary.
Moving the transformer at the sports complex (as requested by the Kananaskis Rodeo Association) and staffing the Bellevue tourism hut were two additional items brought up during 2021 council meetings that will also be included.
The proposed timeline for the 2022 budget process aims for final approval by Dec. 14, 2021. Having the public participate throughout the budget’s creation would ensure the right priorities are focused on, said Coun. Dean Ward.
“I would like to make sure we advertise it,” he said. “It’d be nice to see some of our residents come out and enjoy the budget process with us.”
The next meeting will be held in council chambers Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze