Mayor and Council seek public input in advance of next budget
November 25, 2016
SYDNEY, NS - Three public sessions are scheduled for December to encourage residents to provide input on CBRM’s budget.
Now that the 2016 electoral process is complete, the CBRM will begin its budgetary deliberations with input from stakeholders, council and the residents of the CBRM. The municipality will also be conducting online consultations with residents to gain insight into public priorities.
The following dates are scheduled for public budget sessions. Mayor and senior staff attend the budget meetings along with councilors.
December 6, 2016 – North Division - Emera Centre, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Residents from Districts 1, 2 and 3 are encouraged to attend this session at the Emera Centre. These are the Districts represented by Councillors Clarence Prince, Earlene MacMullin and Blue Marshall.
December 7, 2016 – East Division - Bayplex, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Residents from Districts 8, 9, 10 and 11 are encouraged to attend this meeting at the Bayplex. These are the Districts represented by Councillors Amanda McDougall, George MacDonald, Darren Bruckschwaiger, and Kendra Coombes.
December 8, 2016 – Central Division - Centre 200, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Residents from Districts 4,5,6,7 and 12 are encouraged to attend this meeting at Centre 200. These are the Districts represented by Councillors Steve Gillespie, Eldon MacDonald, Ray Paruch, Ivan Doncaster and Jim MacLeod.
Further budget consultation activities include council workshops with administration in mid-January. At these sessions, staff will present their budget initiatives to council for their information and input. These sessions are intended to inform council on what is being proposed as well as updates on the revenue picture for the CBRM.
Stakeholder presentations to Council are scheduled for January 20, 2017. As with previous years, stakeholders that have a budgetary request to Council will be asked to present on their request outlining the reasons for requesting consideration.
The final budget presentation to Council is scheduled for February 15-17, 2017. Three days have been set aside for presentation and debate of Council on the Capital and Operating Budget of the CBRM. These presentations will be based on the deliberations from the public and stakeholder sessions and online surveys.
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