By Phil McLachlan
The City of Fernie Council is once again seeking public input into the development of the annual budget.
“We are asking the public to let us know what’s important to them in order to form a plan that will provide sustainable services and infrastructure that citizens expect, while remaining within current funding constraints,” said Mayor Giuliano.
Council has requested the public to complete a short budget survey to help shape and inform the 2017 budget.
In a press release, Council stressed that their business model revolves around providing a satisfactory Sustainable Service Delivery to the residents of Fernie. Later on, they added that their list of services and assets are extensive, and a major challenge they face is sourcing sufficient funds to maintain these services and assets.
“Council is working hard to establish a budget to meet the community needs in the most fiscally responsible way possible,” said Giuliano. “We encourage our community to provide input and complete the survey today.
We also invite the public to join Council for coffee and a chat at an Open Forum on Thursday, November 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mug Shots Cafe. Working with our community, we can achieve the best possible plan for the future.
The City of Fernie encourages locals to visit the City website at fernie.ca to complete the Budget Survey by November 14, 2016.
In addition, Council will be updating the public in regards to budget news as it develops.