City unveils 2016 budget

The city of Port Alberni debuted their 2016-2020 five year financial plan on Monday, Dec. 14.

The city of Port Alberni debuted their proposed 2016-2020 five year financial plan on Monday, Dec. 14.

The proposed 2016 budget is worth a total of $35,998,581 million—an increase from $34,728,119 last year.

According to a report from director of finance Cathy Rothwell, “the financial plan for 2016 maintains city service levels at 2015 levels, except for the cessation of commercial container garbage service.”

(The city ceased commercial container garbage service at the end of September.)

Proposed capital projects make up $4.2 million and include work on city parks, trails, roads, fire department needs and utilities. The city’s 2015 capital budget was $8 million but included the $2.5 million Dry Creek flood mitigation project. Work on sewer and water capital projects comes out of sewer and water capital funds; all other work comes out of the general capital fund.

Departmental public presentations will begin on Jan. 6. and a schedule will be available at www.portaberni.ca.