The City of Calgary is asking citizens to weigh in on the duration of its budget and business plans now that the province has extended the term of municipal councils.

The Alberta Government recently amended the Municipal Government Act which changes the term of council from three to four years.

The change has prompted the city to launch an online survey to gather input on the timing and duration of the multi-year planning and budgeting process.

The City of Calgary currently uses a three-year business plan and budget cycle which was aligned with the three-year municipal election cycle.

The survey asks citizens to rate the importance of retaining some of the characteristics of the current plan like efficiency, sustainability, flexibility and council directed priorities.

Survey takers can also choose which planning and budgeting cycle would be best suited to serve them; 4-year cycle, 2-year cycle, or a 4-year rolling cycle.

The survey will be available online until February 15 and the city says the feedback will be used to help them create a plan and budget to support a four-year council term.

The city says the recommendations will be considered by council in April 2013.

To take the survey, visit the Our City. Our Budget, Our Future website.