Vernon's future takes shape during special city meeting

A Committee of the Whole meeting took place February 2, 2015 to discuss how the City of Vernon will evolve over the next four years.
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VERNON - The shape of the City of Vernon over the next four years was discussed by the mayor, councillors and city directors as they evaluated and set strategic priorities during a planning session February 2, 2015.

Mayor Akbal Mund and councillors started the planning session by reviewing their election platforms and employing something called reverse visioning, whereby they're asked to imagine themselves in 2018, when their current term ends, reflecting back on council's accomplishments during that time. They're asked to focus on current issues and challenges in Vernon when setting priorities. 

Meanwhile, directors presented administration proposals including short-term stategic priorities covering 2015-16, as well as four-year goals for their divisions. 

Auditors for the city, KPMG, provided a report on the city's financial situation including financial indicators such as flexibility, sustainability and vulnerability. Revenues, assets, debts and per capita tax burden and expenses were also compared to several other B.C. municipalities.

The Special Committee of the Whole meeting was just the beginning of the process, with information compiled to be presented to council at the regular meeting February 23.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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