Starting November 27, Council will review and discuss the Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets 2019-2023, which include a debenture request to fund capital improvements at the Jasper Arena, Activity Centre and Aquatic Centre.
The proposed budgets take into account the record number of visitors Jasper has experienced over the last three years, and reflects the heavy demands placed on municipal staff to maintain appropriate standards of garbage collection, recycling, water provision, sewer collection, bylaw enforcement, emergency response and other municipal services.
With a population of approximately 5,000 residents, Jasper hosts close to 2.5 million visitors each year. Municipal services and facilities, intentionally oversized to accommodate visitor demand, are paid for primarily by property taxes levied against local residential and commercial properties. The spike in visitation in recent years reveals that those oversized facilities are suffering the effects of aging and over-use, and are in need of major refurbishment or replacement. Provincial and federal government revenue and taxation benefits gained from tourism are not shared with municipalities. The need is real, as is the limitation of revenue sources.
The proposed 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets reflect these realities.
Attend the public budget meetings on November 27 and 28, starting at 6:00pm in the Quorum Room (downstairs at the Library), to find out more about the proposed budget.