If you want your opinion to be heard on where your tax dollars are going, now is your chance.
The Citizen Budget survey has been unveiled for a fourth year.
This year, the survey asks participants to enter their top three and bottom three priorities for City programs and services.
“We’ve provided a graph that shows where your property taxes go. So, if you’re a residential property owner in Grande Prairie, you can put your property assessment value in and it will allocate the property tax dollars you paid towards each one of the service areas,” said Susan Walker, Acting Chief Financial Officer.
According to Walker, they have received positive feedback over the first three years the questionnaire was offered.
“We certainly have experienced a pretty good result from sending it out,” she said. “Grande Prairie is a connected community and they seem to like using online tools. We’re in a good spot for citizen engagement.”
“I hope that our community takes the opportunity to provide some feedback, and get the chance to try out this tool,” Walker added.
The 2017 operating budget is at $163,397,739, with capital expenditures sitting at $34,194,538.
Budget deliberations are scheduled for November 15-17 this year.
The survey is now available and closes October 13.
(Photo courtesy of cityofgp.com)