When preparing the budget, County Council is tasked with making the best use of financial resources while at the same time trying to continue to provide the level of service ratepayers have come to expect. Share your input into the programs, services and fiscal decisions that will affect the region both today and in the years to come.
If you're a County resident, your insights and opinions regarding the 2021 budget are of value. What do you think of programs and services being offered? How could service levels be modified in the next budget cycle? Without cutting staff, how could the County trim its budget? Visit LSAC.ca/ budget2021 to review the facts, and to lend your voice to the process.
The Unvarnished Reality
Council must reconcile some challenging numbers for the upcoming budget. Faced with the Government of Alberta's latest threat to reduce the County's non-residential assessment base, coupled with the Province's recent police cost download, a stagnant energy sector, and fallout from COVID-19, the County is facing a potential budget shortfall.
Unlike the Province, Lac Ste. Anne County is not allowed to budget for a deficit; as well, total actual revenues over a four-year period must be equal to or greater than total actual expenditures. Therefore, something has to give: budget cuts will mean service cuts; or maintaining status quo on services will mean a tax increase; or a combination of both.
Context and Considerations
As we engage in a dialogue about the County's 2021 budget planning process, it's important to address the hard realities before us. It's equally important to have accurate facts and correct figures close at hand. Visit LSAC.ca/ budget2021 for common questions and answers related to fiscal planning, municipal spending, infrastructure management, and programs delivery in the County.