Budget consultation in Red Deer on Tuesday

Finance minister meeting with invited group

Pre-budget consultations about the provincial budget include a meeting in Red Deer on Tuesday.

Minister of Finance Joe Ceci is hosting invitation-only meetings with community leaders and stakeholders while visiting nine communities around the province.

The general public will have two ways of providing input.

On Jan. 30 and 31 telephone town halls involving premier Rachel Notley will be held in northern and southern Alberta. Details have not yet been released.

Albertans can also submit their comments online until Feb. 3 at https://www.alberta.ca/budget-consultations.aspx

Government officials have also consulted with private sector economists on Alberta’s economy as part of the consultation process.

Low global oil prices continue to have a major impact on Alberta’s finances. The deficit is projected at $10.8 billion for 2016-17.

Revenue from the carbon levy is forecast to be $248 million for 2016-17 and the carbon levy rebate program is expected to provide $95 million back to Alberta households in 2016-17 and $435 million in 2017-18.

The 2016-17 capital plan is forecast to be $8.4 billion.

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