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Town of Comox to present 2023 budgets, decide on needs and goals

Proposals for some of the money the Town of Comox will need in 2023 will be presented next month.

The proposed capital and special project budgets will be presented on Feb. 1, with the operating budget to be presented on Feb. 15.

The draft budget has two main goals, with the city planning to focus on investment in infrastructure renewal and support for existing programs and services.
Council members will identify and create a strategic plan for the town’s major priorities over the next few months, with the next four years in mind.

Over the first half of 2023, council will also discuss the needs and service levels in the various municipal departments during committee meetings. They say the discussions will provide an overview of the departmental considerations that will impact budget decisions for the rest of the term.

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The town adds staff have been developing data to better understand the infrastructure gap that needs to be prioritized.

“An infrastructure gap refers to the town’s need to fund and support ongoing work and replacement of facilities, roads, underground pipes, parks, trails and sidewalks, etc,” said the town in a release.

“The future sustainability of our community depends on well-maintained roads, parks, trails and facilities.”

Comox adds the utility service rates (like water, sewer, garbage and marina) will also be discussed on Feb. 1.

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Tax setting after BC Assessment updated property roll numbers will be discussed in April.

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