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Maintenance themed capital budget and plan released

October 18, 2019 11:57 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Administration has handed over a proposed $180 million capital budget and $1.2 billion capital plan for Council consideration. Throughout the 2020 Capital Budget and 2021-2029 capital plan development, administration worked on balancing community needs, current infrastructure and the economy.

“The focus of our Capital Budget and capital plan is to ensure the continuation of quality, effective services for our residents that are financially sustainable and affordable,” said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “The City has substantial investment in municipal infrastructure and our focus in the short and long term is on protecting these assets through a planned repair, replacement and preventative maintenance program.”

The projects being proposed in the capital budget and plan are a mix of annual maintenance programs, current facility enhancements and mandatory upgrades to infrastructure in response to the current economic state.

“As a result of the prolonged economic slowdown, there are anticipated provincial austerity measures with deferrals of some new capital projects in the community expected,” said Seabrooke.

Starting on November 18, Council will consider the recommended projects in the 2020 capital budget and multi-year projects that have start dates in 2020. At that time, they will also have the opportunity to approve the 2021-2029 capital plan in principle. Approving the projects in principle in the capital plan gives administration the ability to plan future projects while providing flexibility to adjust projects based on community needs and funding sources.

“As we develop our budgets and plans, we continue to work on ensuring our infrastructure meets the current needs of our citizens while considering future growth in our community,” said Dean Krejci, Chief Financial Officer. “It’s our responsibility to manage expectations based on what our funding sources and debt limits allow.”

Residents are invited to get involved in the budget process by providing feedback on the proposed 2020 Capital Budget and 2021-2029 Capital Plan. Copies of the budget can be found at City Hall, Collicutt Centre, Recreation Centre, Red Deer Public Library (Downtown, Timberlands and G.H. Dawe Branches) as well as summary information at www.reddeer.ca/budget. Written feedback can be submitted at the aforementioned locations as well as through an online form. The deadline to submit is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13.

Capital budget review begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 18 in Council Chambers, City Hall.

For more information, see the attached Q&A and budget forecast (pdf) and visit reddeer.ca/budget to view project highlights.


For more information, please contact:

Allan Seabrooke
City Manager
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8156

Dean Krejci
Chief Financial Officer
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8204

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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