City of Red Deer and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association are promoting the safe disposal of medications to protect Red Deer’s waterways. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Value for Money report offers opportunities for improvement

A report outlining a Value for Money Review of the City of Red Deer’s culture, recreation and parks service areas was presented to council Monday.

The report offers an external assessment of current operations and identified areas for improvement, the city explained in a release.

In January 2020, council approved a $150,000 value for money review of the then Recreation, Parks and Culture department to evaluate service delivery and value, and to identify opportunities for improvement.

Following delays caused by the onset of the pandemic, the city engaged a consultant in April 2021 to provide an understanding of the current value delivered by these service areas, as well as opportunities to improve the value for money residents receive

The review identified and prioritized 20 opportunities for the city to explore, considering benefits and ease of implementation for each. These opportunities included a review of current services and fees, additional revenue-generating opportunities, and broader strategic planning.

“We are committed to offering value to our residents and businesses through the services we provide,” said Lisa Perkins, general manager of corporate and employee services.

“Using a values framework adopted by council, we regularly review services and program areas to evaluate the quality of services we provide and to find ways to do that even better.”

The city developed its Value for Money framework in 2016, and used this approach in reviews of planning and development services in 2016, and a policing review in 2019. Each review offers insight into operations and contribute to meaningful changes and improvements to city service offerings.

The full Value for Money Review is available on city website at

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