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The Town of Golden’s 2021 proposed annual Budget and 2020-2024 proposed financial plan is now available in the 2021 Budget Book:


Highlights from the Budget:

  • Budget increase: Council is targeting a 5 per cent budget increase for 2021. This follows Council’s decision to implement a zero per cent increase in 2020 as part of the COVID-19 relief measures. The increase this year will make sure that the municipality keeps up with inflation, while maintaining service levels and contributing to reserves. As always, the Town will be actively searching for as many grants as possible to alleviate the local tax burden for planned capital projects.
  • Water and sewer rate increases: the single residential rate will increase by 5 per cent for water and 5 per cent for sewer in 2021. This will be an increase of about $2.83 a month for a single residential property.
  • 2021 Notable expenditures and initiatives: the final phase of the Kicking Horse Dike Improvement project will be completed by July; the downtown plaza (in front of the Post Office) will see a complete redesign this fall; we will replace the community entrance sign along Reflection Lake; we have purchased a new fire truck replacement that may be delivered as soon as this fall; and we will be asking permission in a formal process this spring to borrow monies to help fund the complete renewal of the streetscape from IGA to the Downtown Carwash.

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Public Consultation:

Residents were invited to provide feedback on the proposed budget and financial plan from March 12 to 26 through the following opportunities:
  • Online survey: an online survey was made available from March 12-26, recieving 53 responses. Check out the the What We Heard Report by clicking here.
  • Virtual Coffee with Council: avirtual Coffee with Council was held on March 23 via Zoom which was attended by all members of Council, Town Staff, and two members of the public.
  • Council Meetings: there was space allocated on the March 16 Council agenda for a conversation with Council about the proposed budget; and
  • Email and Mail correspondence was also accepted during the public consultation period.