Creston Citizen Budget: 2020

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 2019 approximately 37% of funding was sourced through municipal taxation.

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Your Feedback

In your view, what are the most important issues facing our community that should receive the attention of Council?

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 department is staffed by paid-on-call firefighters with a full-time Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief. Services include fire suppression, fire safety education, motor vehicle accidents response, technical rope rescue, confined space rescue, hazardous materials response, and medical emergency first response. Fire inspection services are included in Bylaw Compliance and Other Protective Services below.

Having a properly equipped and serviced Fire Department, with 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 Community Services department handles the majority of bylaw compliance and protective services for the Town of Creston, including the Building Division, Creston Fire Rescue and Public Safety & Compliance (bylaw compliance). This category covers public education and enforcement of the Town’s bylaws including the handling of building inspections, fire inspections and various bylaw complaints such as unsightly premises, parking violations, animal control, etc. While Creston Fire Rescue is a division of the Community Services Department, they are listed separately above.

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?

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 of the fourteen local 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 or increase 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?

Roads and Operations Learn more

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The Town’s Public Works Department looks after the operation and maintenance of roads, snow clearing, utility infrastructure (storm, water, and sanitary services), downtown maintenance, street lights, etc. Sidewalks are included under Parks, Trails & Sidewalks below.

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 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. In 2020 garbage collection is to be removed from general taxation, in favour of a user-pay model through utility billing, in the same way as water and sanitary services.

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?

Parks, Trails & Sidewalks Learn more

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The Town’s Public Works department covers the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the Town’s parks, trails and sidewalks. This category includes Town operated and maintained parks, trails, sidewalk, green spaces and associated infrastructure such as: public washrooms, playgrounds, benches, signage, garbage cans, and dog waste bags.

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

Planning and Development Services Learn more

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Planning and Development Services operate within the Town’s Community Services department and are responsible for implementation of the Official Community Plan’s vision for land use in Creston. In practice, this includes property zoning, development permits, mapping and GIS services, community planning, parks and trails planning, subdivisions, and other land-use related projects.

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, Economic Development, and the Creston Valley Youth Network. Please note that this category is not adjustable during this consultation due to the variety of essential services and community initiatives included. Please provide any comments about services in this category using the form at the end of the survey.

Based on the assessment entered, this is what you paid towards this service in 2019

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