As 2018 begins to wrap up, budget talks are beginning inside Bonnyville town council. The first draft of the 2019 operational and capital budgets was presented to council at its latest last meeting. The first draft of the operational budget shows the town running a deficit of around $820,000 for next year. An outline from Director of finance Renee Stoyles says expenses have gone up in 2018 including the addition of another RCMP member in town, fuel costs and the potential for a 2019 census.
Council was mum when it came to questions and comments on the initial draft budget, but town Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Bill Rogers says draft one usually takes some hashing out before you find a final plan.
“The hope tonight is to get some feedback from the council. We’ve approved a suggested date for a budget open house. We’ll take the feedback from the public with an eye towards finishing a final budget in December.”
The budget open house has been set for December 4th at 6 PM. Budget deliberations are expected to continue inside town council for the next two months before an announcement is made.