Budget 2019: Have your say!

City Council and staff once again invite you to become engaged in our annual budget process. Each year, property taxes are levied by the City to support the operational budget which establishes our cost to deliver services to residents. We also rely on other sources of revenue such as Provincial/Federal grants, user fees, withdrawing from reserves or taking out debt. There are some expenditures that are not funded by property taxes at all and these are not included in this survey. These services include major capital projects (road paving and new facility constructions), garbage collection, potable water treatment and delivery as well as sanitary sewer collection and treatment.

Something that is included in your annual property tax bill is a portion for Alberta Education, which supports local school boards and is determined by the Province of Alberta, and a portion for the Newell Foundation, which supports local seniors housing and is determined by a local independent board, (see small pie chart on the left, below). The City collects this money on behalf of these two organizations based on the amounts that they request, which is dictated by their budgets. These amounts are illustrated below, however the survey only includes the municipal portion of taxes.

Thank you in advance for your participation. The results will be reviewed and considered by City Council for adjustments in the 2019 budget. A full report will also be created and made public for residents.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Shelley Thomas, Manager of Finance at 403-362-3333.

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Corporate Governance and Support Learn more

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Corporate Governance consists of the Legislation, Administration and Finance Departments.
Some of the services these Departments provide are: supporting and advising Council; preparing Bylaws, policies and agreements; IT services; human resources; welcoming and inclusive initiatives; communications; strategic planning; taxation and assessment; utility billing; payroll; and preparing operating and capital budgets.

Are you on favor of the City of Brooks’ continual financial support of the SPEC Maker Space program? Learn more
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RCMP Services Learn more

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The Brooks R.C.M.P. Detachment is responsible for the preservation of the public peace, prevention of crime, detection and apprehension of law offenders, protection of the rights of persons and property, and enforcement of federal and provincial laws and City of Brooks bylaws. In partnership with the community, the R.C.M.P strives to provide service based on excellence to ensure a safe and secure environment.

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Municipal Public Safety Learn more

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The Brooks Municipal Enforcement and Volunteer Fire Department play an integral role in maintaining a safe and secure community. Members respond to fires, dangerous goods incidents, vehicle collisions, water rescue, and other incidents.
Staff are also responsible for animal control, traffic safety, bylaw enforcement, and community education and outreach around bylaw and safety issues.

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Snow and Ice Removal Learn more

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The Public Works Department is responsible for snow clearing, snow removal, sanding and salting of city roads. Current practice is that highest traffic streets (school zones, hospital zones, truck routes) are cleared for snow first followed by secondary public roads. Residential roads are not plowed unless a heavy snowfall occurs.

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Storm Water Maintenance Learn more

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The City of Brooks is responsible for overseeing the maintenance, repair, improvement and expansion of storm water sewers, drainage ditches, catch basins, outfalls, retention ponds and pumping stations.
This intricate system moves surface runoff from rainfall and snowmelt off the streets, into catch basins, along the pipe/ditch network, and into the
inter-connected retention ponds. When the system is not well maintained, working properly or of sufficient size, there is a potential for severe public/private property damage due to overland flooding.

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Road and Pavement Maintenance Learn more

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The Public Works Department is responsible for ensuring the City’s roads and transportation network remain in adequate condition.
Maintenance to City roads include fixing breakdowns (i.e. frost boils), potholes and major pavement repairs (failures in road surface and structure). Other services: this Department provides to the community includes street sweeping and line painting.

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Community Social Services Learn more

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Along with providing funding to various community social services, the City also contributes by reducing rental rates, providing human resources support, partnering on events and programs, and participating on Boards and Committees.
Mental Health has been identified by Council as a specific initiative to focus on. Staff will be working with local social service agencies to identify service gaps in our community, find out what resources are required, and work to bring those resources into our community. This could be a new psychiatric nurse position, subscription to online counselling, transportation to programs outside our region, etc.

Should the City provide funding for new or enhanced Mental Health services/resources in our community?
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Planning and Development Learn more

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The Planning & Development Services Department administers development permits, building permits, business licences, land use planning, development agreements, sign permits, offsite levies and statutory planning documents. Staff work to ensure the community plan, design and form lends itself to being a vibrant, accessible, inclusive and beautiful city that attracts and supports residents, businesses and visitors.

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Economic Development & Tourism

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City of Brooks staff members are responsible for coordinating Economic Development efforts which include Entrepreneurship, Business Retention and Expansion, Investment Readiness and Attraction, Branding, and Marketing/Promotions.
Tourism promotions and marketing are done in partnership with the Newell Regional Tourism Association (NRTA and VisitNewell).

Should the City contribute towards events and activities for residents/visitors during the nine-day long celebration? Learn more
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Recreation Learn more

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The Recreation Department operates the JBS Canada Centre and Centennial Regional Arena and the programs that are provided within these facilities. This Department also provides support and resources to community special events.

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Athletic Fields Learn more

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The Parks Department is responsible for maintaining numerous athletic fields within the City. The maintenance required for these areas includes mowing, tree maintenance and upkeep of outdoor skating areas. This Department also provides support for a variety of external functions, including private events and sports leagues.

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Parks and Playgrounds Learn more

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The Parks Department is responsible for maintaining twenty-one (21) parks and playgrounds throughout the City which also includes inspecting playgrounds for health and safety hazards. Parks also provides assistance to external beautification programs (Communities in Bloom), as well as private functions. This Department is also responsible for improvements to our City such as walking trails, flowerbeds and tree maintenance.

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We will be drawing for an iPad or a one-year individual membership to the JBS Canada Centre once the survey is closed. If you would like to be entered into the draw, please be sure to leave your Email address in the space below.

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