Residents have say in town budget talks

If there was ever a time residents could provide input on the Town of Ponoka’s budgeting, now would be it.

If there was ever a time residents could provide input on the Town of Ponoka’s budgeting, now would be it.

Residents are invited to provide input on the town’s 2017 budget during an open house set for Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Kinsmen Community Centre. Can’t make it to the open house? Try the survey that can be found at Town Hall or at

Starting last year, residents were given a chance to provide input, something that was not done by previous councils and administrations. Mayor Rick Bonnett suggests that this is a new process so it may take time for people to be aware that they can offer their thoughts, but he wants to see this idea expand.

“It’s at least a process that we’re going to gain some knowledge from the public,” said Bonnett in an interview.

“I want to hear from the public in general…what should we spend money on?”

There has been some benefit from community feedback as seen with the new community peace officer.

“For example, last year residents told us that safe neighbourhoods were a top priority for them, so in our 2016 Budget we hired a Community Peace Officer,” explained Bonnett in a press release.

The open house will help residents understand what it takes to run a municipality and the priority steps needed to ensure infrastructure needs are met and how property taxes are determined.

Bonnett said the province wants to see municipalities come up with 10-year plans and while this creates some difficulty with a four year election cycle, he also feels these plans help with continuity of planning.

The goal with the open house and survey is to keep the process open and transparent for residents and he feels future councils will benefit from this process. Keeping with that ideal, budget deliberations are once again open to the public. Those proceedings are tentatively set for Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Kinsmen Community Centre.

Survey results will be provided to council and made available to the public for review and will also be considered during budget deliberations.


Just Posted

Notley promises extra $90M a year to reduce waits in surgery, emergency rooms

Leader says she’d keep funding specialized liaison teams so paramedics can get back to work faster

New Democrats would bring in $25 daycare if re-elected: Notley

Notley said the plan would include adding 13,000 daycare spaces

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

WATCH: Fashion show highlights Cree designers

The fashion show was part of a Samson Cree Nation conference on MMIW

Rimbey RCMP need help identifying vandals

Plus, GPS in stolen vehicle helps locate it and the suspect in Red Deer

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

One person dead in head-on collision near Stettler

Stettler RCMP investigate fatal collision

One Maskwacis man arrested after gun seized on reserve

Maskwacis RCMP locate loaded handgun during search warrant

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

The controversial pipeline was bought by Ottawa last year

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto this week

New UMSCA trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

The trade deal is designed to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement

Trudeau says he, Wilson-Raybould had cordial conversation last week

Trudeau denies anything improper occurred regarding SNC-Lavalin and the PMO

SNC-Lavalin backtracks on CEO’s comments surrounding potential job losses

Top boss had said protecting 9,000 jobs should grant leniency

Most Read