The Town invites residents to provide input on the 2022 budget through an online survey launched May 31. The responses will assist the Town to develop a practical, transparent and responsible budget that reflects the vision of Okotokians. The information gathered through the survey will be shared with Council to help them build the budget, based on community priorities and values.
“The Town has made a commitment through Council's public participation policy to ensure the community has an opportunity for input into decisions that will have an impact on residents and businesses,” said Deputy Mayor Matt Rockley. “This information will be important, as the Budget 2022 will be the first budget approved by the new Council elected in October.”
The survey will offer a quick pulse check on current satisfaction levels with Town-operated services, programs and facilities. The questions will also help to identify residents’ impressions around the value for property tax dollars in Okotoks, the Town’s economic response to COVID-19, and the priorities the community wants to focus on over the next four-year Council term.
“We are checking back in now to focus more on what you value, what services you need most, and what your priorities are for your family and/or business,” said CAO Elaine Vincent. “We can only build the budget based upon the input you provide, so please take this opportunity to do so.”
The survey ends on June 20 with the results published in a What We Heard Report in early July on the Town website. To learn more about the budget process in Okotoks, including the move to a 4-year budget cycle, please visit https://www.okotoks.ca/Budget-2022.