With traditional ratepayer meetings deferred until fall, digital versions of reporting and presentations have been posted online this month. Annual ratepayer meetings give residents throughout the Special Areas the chance to share feedback and to get updates on current projects and planned work. With in-person meetings deferred, some of the information traditionally presented has been posted at www.specialareas.ab.ca/ratepayer-meetings/. Digital presentations, including an update from Jordon Christianson – Chair, have been shared to help ratepayers get the latest news and annual reporting.
Special Areas is asking ratepayers to share their feedback over the summer through a quick online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020ratepayermtg. This survey helps ratepayers share their thoughts on what kinds of information they want to see at future ratepayer meetings. Beyond this feedback, the survey allows ratepayers to share specific questions or concerns with senior Administration and Advisory Councillors. Open until the fall, feedback from this survey will help shape fall’s in-person ratepayer meetings.
Annual ratepayer meetings have been a part of how Special Areas connects with ratepayers since the early days of the Board. Every year, representatives from senior Administration and locally elected Advisory Councillors host a public meeting for each subdivision. As a part of these public meetings, members from senior Administration provide reports on prior and current year activities, including key policy initiatives. Ratepayers regularly make motions on actions they want to see undertaken, giving direct feedback to their locally elected Advisory Councillor. Motions from ratepayer meetings are then reviewed at an Advisory Council meeting. Ratepayer meetings discuss issues as diverse as the individuals who attend them, with motions ranging from individual concerns on specific projects to larger policy and program considerations. Not just a forum to discuss current issues and organizational plans, ratepayer meetings also provide a good opportunity to get copies of financial statements, newsletters, safety toolkits, and information on current public consultations.