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Update: Council Budget Workshops – Meeting schedule adjusted

(Fort McMurray, AB – February 8, 2018) – Budget workshop dates may be adjusted as Council reviews the proposed budget for 2018, and a workshop may not be necessary for Saturday, Feb. 10.

A series of budget workshops began on Wednesday, Feb. 7 for Council to review the 2018 Budget. Residents are able to watch the meetings online at rmwb.ca/council or in Council Chamber at Jubilee Centre (9909 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray). 

Residents are also invited to participate in the delegation process. Thirty minutes will be set aside at the beginning of each workshop to allow residents an opportunity to speak with Council about the budget.

Any motions made by Council as they go through the review process will be put forward for consideration and voting after Administration’s presentations are complete. This process is expected to take place on Friday, Feb. 9.

Budget workshop are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. though times may be amended throughout this process to provide Council with sufficient time for deliberation.

For updates, follow us on social media, visit rmwb.ca/council, or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000 or rmwb.ca/pulse

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BACKGROUNDER: Summary Listing of Motions, 2018 Capital and Operating Budget

Community Investment Program Motions:

1. Mayor D. Scott

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the Coalition for a Safer 63 and 881 be reduced to $0.

2. Councillor M. Allen

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the Friends of Suncor Energy Centre for Performing Arts in the 2018 Operating Budget be increased to the 2017 funding level of $95,000.

3. Councillor V. Murphy

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for Sustainival Alberta be reduced to $0.

4. Councillor K. Balsom

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the Wood Buffalo Safe/Healthy Community Network be increased to the 2017 level of $166,000.

5. Councillor B. Inglis

THAT the Community Investment Program allocation for the Fort Chipewyan Historical Society operating grant be increased to the 2017 level of $143,000.

6. Councillor V. Murphy

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the Anzac Recreation and Social Society be reduced to $0.

7. Mayor D. Scott

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for FuseSocial be reduced to $25,000.

8. Councillor J. Stroud

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the Janvier Dene Wood Buffalo Community Association be reduced to $159,000.

9. Councillor S. Lalonde

THAT Administration revisit the design of the Saprae Creek Community Hall and bring back recommendations for Council's consideration.

10. Councillor S. Lalonde

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the Saprae Creek Residents Society be reduced to $59,500.

11. Councillor V. Murphy

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the Willow Lake Community Association be reduced to $50,000.

12. Councillor V. Murphy

THAT the Community Investment Program funding request for the Fort McMurray Heritage Society be set aside in the Emerging Issues Reserve to be revisited upon receipt of the Annual Audited Financial Statements.

13. Councillor S. Lalonde

THAT the Community Investment Program funding for the YMCA of Northern Alberta be reduced to $606,300.

2018 Capital Budget Motions:

14. Mayor D. Scott

THAT the 2018 Capital Budget be amended to include $150,000 for the design and pre-design of the Ryan Memorial Park project.

15. Councillor P. Meagher

THAT the Taiga Nova/Abasand Lift Station Wetwell Platforms project in the amount of $300,000 be added to the 2018 Capital Budget.

16. Councillor B. Inglis

THAT the Fort Chipewyan Animal Shelter project be reviewed and reduced in scope to achieve a maximum cost of $1.5 million.

2018 Operating Budget Motions:

17. Councillor K. Balsom

THAT $80,000 be added to the Indigenous and Rural Relations 2018 Operating Budget to complete the scope and begin work on a complete amalgamation review.