Vernon's 2013 budget on the table for next three days

Vernon City Hall, located at 3400 30th St. is the site of the 2013 budget meetings. The public is encouraged to attend.

Council begins a three-day discussion on where to spend the city's money this morning.

The proposed 2013-2017 Financial Plan emphasizes a frugal approach to spending. The city's chief administrative officer Will Pearce says the focus is on saving money and putting dollars back into heavily used reserve funds. A proposed $2 million could come from service reduction, service elimination, and new revenue options, which council will discuss this week.

The plan also submits a 10 year program to increase property taxes at 1.9% per year, a hike that will generate $6 million over the next decade. The funds would be invested into Vernon's aging infrastructure, which city staff say is in desperate need of upgrading.

The meetings begin daily at 9 a.m., with public input sessions timed for 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to sit in on the entire meeting, but only the 11:30 a.m. time slot is dedicated to vocal input.

Wednesday and Friday are half day discussions, while Thursday is scheduled for the entire day, ending at 5 p.m. The agenda for the meetings is posted on the city's website. Paper copies of the agenda will not be available at the meetings.


—Charlotte Helston
chelston@infotelnews.ca
(250)-309-5230


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