Dawson Creek City Council Proposes Cuts Ahead of Second Budget Meeting

Travis Fortnum
02/12/2019

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Budget season is upon us, which means hours of public meetings and crunching the numbers for Dawson Creek 
city council.
 
So far, one budget meeting was held at the end of January. After which it was determined residents of Dawson Creek would see a 2.5 per cent property tax increase.
 
The next public meeting will be held Monday, February 25th. Ahead of that, Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead took to Facebook to spell out a number of cuts proposed by council to ease some of the financial strain the city is experiencing.
 
In the post, Bumstead writes more than $1.3 million dollars in operations spending will get the chop, should the proposed budget pass.
 
Here are some of the highlights in council’s plan:
 
Dawson Creek City Council Reduction Strategies:
  • Cut park maintenance by $400,000
  • Cut library budget by 10% ($59,400)
  • Cut community grants by $12,500
  • Eliminate $7,000 sponsorship of Kiwanies Trade Show (A.K.A. Home, Garden & Leisure Show)
  • Arts Council’s budget reduced from ~$14K to $1,500
  • Raise off season ice fees for August to $376 per hour

Council is set to discuss the proposed cuts at the second budget meeting on February 25th.
 
The meeting is open to the public. It will take place at 1:00 P.M. at Dawson Creek City Hall.

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