Mayor highlights engagement opportunities for proposed 2015 Budget

February 17, 2015 | Engaged City

 Mayor Gregor Robertson is highlighting further engagement opportunities for the City of Vancouver’s proposed 2015 Budget, ahead of a final Council vote on March 3rd.

“Vancouver’s proposed 2015 Budget is an ambitious, responsible, and community-driven plan to keep our city moving forward,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It’s a balanced budget that keeps taxes low while making smart investments in new affordable housing, better transportation, public safety, Greenest City action, and improved parks and public spaces.

“I encourage all residents to take a look and offer the ideas and input we need to keep building an even better Vancouver in which to live, work, and raise a family.” 

The proposed 2015 Operating Budget of $1.223 billion and Capital Budget of $306 million outline how tax dollars are invested across city departments and the services that residents and businesses receive. Over 3,150 residents have already been engaged in the 2015 Budget consultation process, in addition to more than 3,000 who were engaged in consultations for the 2015-18 Capital Plan.

The Mayor is encouraging residents to attend a special Budget Dialogue Session being hosted by City staff from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday February 18th, and residents can also speak to a special meeting of City Council on Tuesday February 24th.

Residents can register to speak by emailing mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or by calling 3-1-1, and ideas or feedback can also be sent directly to City Finance staff by emailingbudget@vancouver.ca 

For more details on the proposed 2015 Budget and how residents can contribute further input, please visit vancouver.ca/budget