The budget planning process is a full year initiative as preparation begins in early January for the following budget year. The Proposed Budget is presented to Council in October and adopted as required under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) prior to the calendar year-end December 31. To prepare the proposed budget, each department initially prepares a budget based on what is required to maintain current services and service levels.
To fund maintaining service levels, changes in service levels, new expenditures, including the addition of personnel, a business case is developed and brought forward to Council for their consideration. Council reviews all business cases and votes on which particular requests will be incorporated into the operating budget.
Last edited: March 6, 2020