It’s budget deliberation time for Strathcona County council.

Budget discussions for 2019-22 are set to begin on Monday (Oct.29). Councillors will review recommendations for municipal operating and capital budgets in a series of meetings scheduled to wrap up on December 6.
 
According to the county, the budget talks will include a continued focus on advancing some community priorities outlined in a recently revised strategic plan. This year will also bring the first time that capital and operating budget requests will be presented as either improvement or strategic initiatives.
 
“Improvement initiatives represent new resources required to improve on current programs and services, while strategic initiatives represent the resources required to develop or implement new service opportunities,” the county said in a statement on Monday.
 
Councillors will also be discussing the county’s first rolling four-year operating and five-year capital budgets. The multi-year budgets are required under new rules set out by the province’s Municipal Government Act.
 
Business plan and budget meetings are open to members of the public. Council is expected to approve budget 2019 early in December.

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