BUDGET 2021: Mission mayors say community will ‘decide together’

Pam Alexis’ latest video message indicates COVID-19 created some financial losses

Mission Mayor Pam Alexis has created a new video message for residents.

Dear Residents of Mission:

“On Tuesday evening (May 19) at our Regular Council meeting, staff presented a report on the financial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the District of Mission.

“As a direct result of COVID-19, we’re expecting revenue losses from sources such as recreation and leisure activity fees, transit fare collection, gaming and the interest collected on late property tax payments and metered utility bills due to delayed deadlines for 2020.

“Council also heard that building permits, business licensing, and utility connections have not slowed down.

“COVID-19 has touched every single aspect of our community.

“We are all adapting to our new normal, living alongside this virus for the foreseeable future. But we have to look ahead.

“Just around the corner, in late summer, is our 2021 budget and public consultation process where we’ll decide together as a community, as we always do, what we want to prioritize in Mission. During this process, the impacts of COVID-19 will be front of mind for us all.

“I expected to see revenue losses in some areas given the situation in the world right now, but I also anticipate revenues from building and development to keep pace with what we have been experiencing in recent years. This is encouraging, especially as we plan a vibrant post-COVID-19 recovery.

“Stay calm. Stay strong.

“Love to you all. Until next time.”

Mayor Pam Alexis and Council

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