West Vancouver Council delays Budget until April 20

Mar 31, 2020

At its March 30 meeting, West Vancouver Council deferred adoption of the 2020 budget until April 20. The original budget was prepared to support Council’s Strategic Goals and Objectives. That work plan has been suspended temporarily in the face of the District’s COVID-19 response.

Staff have been reviewing expenditures and obligations, together with falling revenues, to bring forward a budget that will continue to support and provide the essential services that the community expects.

“This is a $400 million budget of operating, capital and various funds.” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth, “ So far, over 450 employees have been laid off. Programs have been cancelled and facilities have been closed. There are likely more layoffs coming, so it is a moving target each day and sometimes each hour, especially with the provincial and federal announcements around funding relief and activity restrictions,” she said. “So we'll be looking for every available cost-cutting measure we can find, moving to only essential services for the next three to six months, and really sticking to the bare necessities”.

Public input on the revised budget will be available online, but only for a short period of time. To be notified when the revised budget is available for review and comment, please visit www.westvancouverite.ca/budget and subscribe to updates.

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