City to review the operating budget and how COVID-19 will affect it

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Adam Reaburn
Adam moved to Fort St. John in 2004 and he now owns both Moose FM and

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has requested a report from Staff on how the COVID-19 situation will affect the 2020 operating budget.

During Monday’s special Council meeting, Council approved a motion requesting staff to review the 2020-2024 operating budget and what affect the COVID-19 pandemic would have on the City budget.

Staff have been working on three different budget scenarios based on if the pandemic lasts for three, six or nine months.

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Staff and Council will consider options including but not limited to, deferral of payments for taxes and utilities, permissive tax exemptions for non-profit organizations, the proposed tax rate increase or reduce or eliminate business license fees.

The report to Council says “ The City of Fort St. John has available to it a contingency reserve whose primary purpose is to mitigate the financial impacts of extraordinary events, such as the current pandemic. Utilization of upwards a third of this reserve will not deteriorate the City’s financial position nor compromise its future.”

Last week, the City laid off 88 employees due to the pandemic.

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