Armstrong prepares for 2015 financial plan

Deliberations on what items to be included in the budget by council are set to start on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

The City of Armstrong is getting set to draft its 2015 budget.

Deliberations on what items to be included in the budget by council are set to start on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

“Between Feb. 11 and March 31, staff will begin preparation of budget,” said city chief financial officer Terry Martens.

Council will review the proposed balanced budget at a special meeting on Wednesday, April 8.

The public will have a chance to look at the proposed budget and provide input on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m., prior to a regularly scheduled council meeting.

Final adoption is expected on Monday, May 11.

In March, city staff will also review the proposed joint programs budget with the Township of Spallumcheen, and council will review the proposed joint programs budget during its regular meeting March 23.

A joint council budget meeting will be held April 2.

Funding opportunities

A priority application for federal funding has become a priority for the city.

The city will apply to the Strategic Priorities Fund, part of the federal gas tax, for funding to help with the upcoming capital improvements to the Adair Street sewer treatment plant.

“This is a project-specific, application-based program designed for larger scale infrastructure projects,” said Martens.

“Funding is up to 100 per cent of the eligible cost.”

The city was successful under this program in 2008/09 for the ultraviolet water treatment plant.

The application deadline is April 15.