The Financial Plan ensures responsible money management and relates directly to the priorities identified by the community
The purpose of the Five-Year Financial Plan is to provide a budgetary framework for the District of Sparwood to plan and manage its resources, revenues and expenditures in order to best serve the community. The first year of the plan is the current year, while following years provide a guideline, incorporating the various long-term plans and strategies.
Section 165 of the Community Charter directs that a municipality must have a financial plan that is adopted annually, by bylaw, on or before May 15th of the year in which it is to come into force and before the annual property tax bylaw is adopted. The planning period for the financial plan is 5 years, that period being the year in which the plan is to come into force and the following 4 years.
The financial plan must set out the following for each year of the planning period:
- proposed expenditures by the municipality
- proposed funding sources
- proposed transfers to or between funds
The financial plan deliberation process which precedes the adoption of the financial plan and tax rates bylaws involves a series of public meetings and is the mechanism for determining the revenue requirements and resource allocations that ultimately informs the decision on the municipal tax rate.
The District's Financial Plan provides detailed funding requirements over the next 5 years, and also articulates financial priorities and issues. It helps staff manage day-to-day operations by providing financial and policy information and by identifying financial and staffing resources available to provide services.
The Plan serves as a communication device that gives all readers a comprehensive look at the services provided by the District and the costs related to those services.