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Comment on city’s proposed five-year financial plan

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:03 PST, Wed February 24, 2021

Last Updated: 12:08 PST, Wed February 24, 2021

The City of Richmond is inviting residents to provide feedback on its proposed consolidated five-year financial plan (2021-2025), which has a goal of delivering the service and infrastructure needs of the community for the next five years.

Each year, the city approves three budgets to guide municipal spending:

The operating budget, which funds the provision of general city services and determines annual property tax rates. The operating budget also includes one-time expenditures approved by council;

• the capital budget, which covers investments in new infrastructure and equipment; and

• the utility budget, which supports the provision of water, sewer, diking, drainage, garbage and recycling services.

Once council has approved each of the three budgets, a proposed five-year financial plan is prepared. The plan is based on the city’s current year budgets along with estimates developed from economic forecasts and other expected impacts on revenues and spending for the following four years.

This plan provides a financial road map for the city to manage its resources, revenues and spending to best serve the community. It also ensures the city meets its legal requirement to deliver a balanced budget.

The proposed consolidated financial plan, along with the 2021 operating, capital and utility budgets, is now available for review at LetsTalkRichmond.ca or on the city’s website at richmond.ca/5YFP.

Comments are due on or before 11:59 p.m. on March 14 via LetsTalkRichmond.ca or by email to finance@richmond.ca. Written submissions may also be sent to the Finance Department, City of Richmond, 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6Y 2C1 and are due by the same day.

The proposed plan is expected to be included on the March 22 council meeting agenda for consideration of final reading and adoption. Public delegations regarding this bylaw are permitted at that meeting. For information on delegating remotely at council meetings, visit richmond.ca/watchonline.

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