Creston Citizen Budget: 2019

The Town of Creston invites you to use the interactive budget simulator to help us understand your priorities and feedback on various civic services. We've included charts, links and background information to help you throughout the consultation.

While completing the simulation, keep in mind that increasing the budget for a category could result in improved service levels, while reducing the budget could result in decreased service levels.

The results of the exercise will be reviewed by Town Council as part of the budget process.

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The above charts are simplified for illustrative purposes. Many services provided by the Town utilize funding not sourced through municipal taxation, and may span multiple categories. In 2018 approximately 36% of funding was sourced through municipal taxation.

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Police Protection Learn more

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The Town’s RCMP detachment contains a combination of Municipal and Provincial funded members. Police protection services provided to the Town include patrols, investigations, prisoner guarding, records management, court liaisons, and operational/administrative support. The Town currently funds seven RCMP members in addition to RCMP clerical support staff.

Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Policing Services?

A reduction in the policing budget would only be allowed if agreed to by the Province and the RCMP.

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In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of Police Protection?

Fire and Rescue Services Learn more

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The Municipal Fire Hall protects the Town of Creston and portions of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, such as Erickson, Arrow Creek and Creston Flats which pay their proportionate share of costs through service contracts. The service is staffed by paid-on-call firefighters with a career Fire Chief and an Assistant Fire Chief. Services provided include fire suppression, fire safety education, motor vehicle accidents response, technical rope rescue, confined space rescue, hazardous materials response and medical emergency first response.

Having a properly equipped and serviced Fire Department and associated infrastructure results in improved property insurance rates. On average, the Fire Department responds to over 500 calls for service per year.

Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Fire & Rescue Services?
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In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of Fire & Rescue Services?

Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services Learn more

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The Town’s bylaws are enforced through the Public Safety and Compliance department that consists of bylaw compliance and fire inspections. In addition, building inspections are provided by the Municipal Services Department. Bylaw compliance activities include enforcement of the Town’s many bylaws such as unsightly premises, building inspections, parking violations, animal control, and other bylaw complaints.

Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services?
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In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services?

Roads and Operations Learn more

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The Town’s Public Works Department looks after the operation and maintenance of roads (repair, snow clearing, street sweeping and boulevards), storm drainage systems, downtown maintenance, sidewalks, and street lights, etc.

Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Roads and Operations?
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In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of Roads and Operations?

Health & Sanitation (Garbage & Recycling) Learn more

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The Town’s Public Works Department oversees health and sanitation services which also includes cemetery operations, recycling and garbage removal and disposal. Cemetery operations are funded through a shared service with the RDCK Areas A, B and C.

Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Health and Sanitation?
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In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of Health & Sanitation Services?
Would you support the addition of curbside recycling pickup within the Town of Creston at a cost of $30 per year, per household?

Parks & Trails Learn more

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This category included Town operated and maintained parks, trails, green spaces and associated infrastructure such as public washrooms, playgrounds, benches, signage, garbage cans etc. The Town’s Public Works Department cover the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the Town’s parks and trails.

Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation for Parks and Trails?
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In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of Parks and Trails?

Planning and Development Services Learn more

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The Town’s Planning and Development Services are responsible for development permit application processing, land use zoning, planning documents such as the Official Community Plan, mapping and GIS services, community, parks and greenways planning, and more.

Beyond inflationary and non-discretionary adjustments, do you support the same, higher or lower tax allocation Planning and Development Services?
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In your opinion, as a resident of the Town of Creston, how would you rate the importance of Planning and Development Services?

General Government Learn more

Council, Administration, Debt Servicing, Finance, Information Technology (IT), Audit, Insurance, and Corporate Services:

This category is focused on the people, processes and technologies that allow the Town organization to run efficiently and effectively to deliver programs and services to the community. This category provides advisory, information and service functions to Town Council, staff and the public, and provides management and support services necessary in a timely manner to meet legislative and reporting requirements. Also included in this category are community support initiatives such as the Physician Recruitment Program and Creston Youth Network.

Based on the assessment entered, this is what you paid towards this service in 2018

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