Ponoka Town Council preparing to review 2018 Interim Budget

By Sheldon Spackman
December 3, 2017 - 8:55am Updated: December 3, 2017 - 12:21pm

Ponoka Town Council will get its first look next week at the interim budget for 2018. Town administration will present it at Council’s next regular meeting on December 12.

“The Interim 2018 Budget that is presented to Council will essentially be a re-adoption of the 2017 Town budget in order to fund routine operating expenses required to continue the daily operations of the Town until Council approves a final 2018 Budget early in the spring” explains Town of Ponoka Chief Administrative Officer Albert Flootman in a news release. In the meantime, Flootman says any discretionary spending from all town departments will be minimized.

A discretionary spending freeze for the Ponoka Fire Department was also approved by Council recently but will only affect capital spending and not current service levels.

Ponoka Town Council will have its 2018 Capital and Operating Budget deliberations on February 21 and 22 and they will be open to the public. Prior to then, Council and Administration will attend Strategic Planning Sessions to clearly identify short and long-term strategic priorities. Input gathered from this year’s Citizen Budget Survey and Budget Open House will also be taken into consideration during the budget deliberations in February.

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