Each year the Town creates a budget (Five-Year Financial Plan) which lays out how the Town will allocate it's limited resources to achieve it's strategic goals in a fiscally responsible manner. The budget is reviewed and updated by staff and Council, and reviewed in an open public meeting on an annual basis.
To view current and past budgets click here.
View the 2020 Budget Schedule here. (subject to change)
The budget process involves balancing what income the municipality will receive within the year with the planned expenditures and preparing detailed plans which reflect those forecasts. The budgeting process starts in the Fall of the previous year and must be adopted by Council no later than May 15th.
Most members of Council and the general public know what municipal services they would like to have in their area. Effective financial management can help municipalities to transform their local areas into a better place to live and work.
How to get involved
Attend any of the Committee of the Whole or Council meetings to keep informed of the decisions being made that affect the budgeting process.
Creston's 2020 Citizen Budget will be live until November 17th, 2019. This tool allowed residents to use their own property assessment to see where their tax dollars are allocated, and to adjust the simulated budget based on their priorities. Results will be used by Council to aid in decision making. Keep an eye out for similar consultations in future budget years.
Check out the 2020 Citizen Budget here.