The Local Government Act requires the City of Coquitlam to complete a Five-Year Financial Plan and Budget each year. The Financial Plan ensures responsible money management and relates directly to the priorities identified by the community.
Share Your Input for the City’s 2022 Budget
Until Sept. 30, members of the public can participate in the budget planning process through the interactive Citizen Budget tool.
The tool allows users to design a mock City budget based on their priorities and provides some insight into service level impacts based on spending on various City services. Start with a mock property tax bill and then add or cut back City services – such as garbage collection, recreation, roads or fire services – to see the impact on the bottom line and achieve a balanced budget.
The insight gained from your input will be provided to Council to support decision-making as part of their budget deliberation process this fall.
Purpose of the Financial Plan
The Financial Plan provides City staff with clear direction on spending levels for each defined priority and the authority to pay for services for Coquitlam residents.
The Financial Plan ensures that City staff are accountable to the residents.
How the City Develops a Financial Plan
The Financial Plan development process begins with strategic planning and includes public consultation, extensive background briefings for Council and comprehensive discussion sessions that culminate in a proposed Five-Year Financial Plan for Council approval. It also includes a number of key budget assumptions. Using this as a basis, work plans are developed for each department, with resource needs identified. Together with the Strategic Plan and Business Plan, this approach to financial planning provides for a thorough, strategic focus in the budget deliberations.
Want to learn more about where your tax dollars go? The City of Coquitlam has made available a data visualization tool called Coquitlam OpenBook for the public to easily view information about City budgets and spending. Check the tool to view: