After Tuesday’s federal budget announcement, The City of Red Deer awaits further details about the impacts on municipalities and Red Deerians. The Federal Government continues to invest in items that affect the entire country; however, The City is disappointed in the lack of direct reference to municipal priorities.
“At the City of Red Deer, we believe in the power of municipalities to nation build. Community building is country building,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “While the budget details have yet to be released, we are concerned there was no direct recognition of the infrastructure needs of Canada’s cities.”
Tuesday’s budget made no reference to municipal funding and partnerships, or to funding for infrastructure projects, both of which are essential to mid-size communities and were a major feature of last year’s budget. City staff will continue to analyze the budget, highlighting potential funding opportunities for Red Deer.
“One of the best roles government can play is to provide stability to business, residents and communities,” said City Manager Craig Curtis. “Federal investment serves as a reliable accompaniment to our local capital plans, and provides a dependable source of economic growth for the community. Past budgets have put more emphasis on infrastructure funding.”
Other items in the budget will need further review.
As The City works to strengthen its relationship with the Indigenous community and move towards reconciliation, it acknowledges the importance of the federal government’s efforts in improving the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples – including housing.
The City is hopeful the federal announcement will build on the commitments of the National Housing Strategy, which may enhance needed affordable housing inventory in Red Deer and increase Homelessness Partnering Strategy dollars for ongoing support of our community’s housing programs.
With cannabis legislation in the works for later in 2018 and an announcement confirming revenue sharing, The City will look for details on how revenue will flow through from the Province to municipalities.
Additionally, The City will examine the budget’s acknowledgement of the opioid crisis and how it may help address the local crisis.
City leadership will now further analyze the budget and will monitor any other impacts to the organization and the community as further details of federal programs are made known.
For more information, please contact:
Mayor Tara Veer
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer