The City of Brandon wants to hear from residents about the proposed 2019 budget which represents a tax increase of 3.91%.
The public to provide their feedback on the proposed 2019 municipal budget at a community forum on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Main Foyer of Brandon City Hall, 410-9th Street.
The evening forum will include a brief overview of the proposed budget which will be followed by a question-and-answer session led by members of Brandon City Council. Mayor and Councillors will be asking for public feedback on the proposed 2019 budget and on where they would like Council to focus its future spending priorities.
“Preparing the proposed 2019 budget was especially challenging,” notes City of Brandon City Treasurer and General Manager of Corporate Services Dean Hammond. “Funding from other levels of government has been held flat or is, in some cases, has decreased. We are seeing higher than normal inflationary pressures, particularly with utilities and construction costs, and while we rely on fee revenues to somewhat offset tax increases, we are anticipating significantly less fee revenues for the upcoming year.”
Following the public forum, Brandon City Council will deliberate the proposed budget on Friday, January 25th and Saturday, January 26th.
“With continued inflation and government grants having been frozen for several years, our budgets are a greater challenge each year,” adds Mayor Rick Chrest. “Administration has worked very hard to provide a good starting point and now Council will wrestle with ‘big picture’ decisions to hopefully bring us near or below inflation. Our Council takes the budget and taxpayer dollars very seriously and we always work hard to maintain services and keep costs in line.”
The January 25th and 26th budget deliberations will be held in the City of Brandon Council Chamber and are open to the public and media to observe.