City looks back on 2014

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May 19, 2015 8:15 AM

Josef Jacobson Photo On May 14 Lloydminster Mayor Rob Saunders unveiled the city's 2014 Report to the Community.

On May 14, the City of Lloydminster unveiled its 2014 Report to the Community. This is the city’s third community report, which contains a statistical overview of the past year.

“We began this report as a yearly exercise three years ago with the goal of providing ... a snapshot of what the city has to offer and how we as a municipality continue to build for the future,” Lloydminster Mayor Rob Saunders said.

“From the types of events and facilities available to residents and visitors, to the allocation of tax dollars, the report to the community is a first-class tool for providing information.”

Details about municipal facilities, utilities, departments, and finances are laid out in brief infographics, bullets and charts. The report also highlights significant events and projects from the past year, including Hockey Day in Canada and the construction of the new RCMP building and Operations Centre.

Saunders says city staff have been working on the report since the beginning of the year.

“Each and every department has input into the community report and both myself, as the mayor of the city, and our city manager Glenn Carroll get together and review some of the highlights of the year. And then, of course, at the preface we share our thoughts on the year,” he said. “Administration and each department is responsible for pulling together the necessary info. And our communications and marketing team plays a strong role in pulling it together.”

The back of the booklet breaks down the tax dollar allocation of a single loonie. Fifty-two cents go towards infrastructure, maintenance and protective services. Twenty-two cents are spent on community services, parks, culture and the arts. Recreation facilities and administration cost 12 cents each. The remaining two cents fund the Lloydminster Municipal Airport.

The report also states that Lloydminster’s per capita municipal property taxes, administrative expenses and debt limit usage are lower than the average expenses of nine other “mid-sized”

See “City report,” Page 9

nine other “mid-sized” Alberta cities: Airdrie, Cochrane, Fort Saskatchewan, Grande Prairie, Leduc, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, Spruce Grove and St. Albert.

The 2014 Report to the Community is available on the city’s website and physical copies will be made available at city hall and other areas where people gather and do business, like the Servus Sports Centre, the Lloydminster Leisure Centre and the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce. Saunders says the report is aimed not only at current residents, but people who may be considering moving to the city as well.

“Engaging with the community is an incredibly important part of our day. Through this document we are communicating back to our residents, partners and businesses all the work that has been done over the previous year,” Saunders said. “A document of this nature is not put together overnight. This is the result of tireless work by administration at all levels. The level of professionalism and pride that they have in their work is evidenced in this document.”

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