2014

Sep 15, 2014 Return to Headlines

Have your say on Coquitlam’s budget with new online tool

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Monday, September 15, 2014 – An interactive new online tool in Coquitlam will allow citizens to provide meaningful budget input from the comfort of their home or office.

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, citizens can use the easy and convenient Citizen Budget Planning Tool at www.coquitlam.ca/budget to clearly tell the City of Coquitlam what services they value the most – and least. The new tool allows citizens to provide input at a time and place that is convenient to them, while also learning about how each city service affects their property tax bill each year.Input will provide valuable information to Council and staff and will inform the 2015 financial planning process.

The starting point is a sample city property tax bill, which is adjusted in real-time as the user adds or reduces city services. Throughout the process the user will be able to weigh the cost of the services they value with service reductions and tax increases.

The easy-to-follow process takes an estimated 15 minutes and can be completed on either a computer or mobile device. Users can then also share their completed budgets by email or on social media.

Developed by the Canadian non-profit organization OpenNorth, the technology is already being used successfully by a number of cities across Canada, including the Township of Langley, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Toronto and Montreal.

Coquitlam is introducing the system this fall in the hopes of boosting public participation in the budget process while also providing Council with clear and meaningful input to consider during their 2015 budget deliberations.

Coquitlam taxpayers are invited to visit www.coquitlam.ca/budget from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to use the Citizen Budget Planning Tool.

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Media contact:
Sheena MacLeod
Manager, Financial Services
604-927-3031
smacleod@coquitlam.ca