Dates set for public budget consultation meetings across CBRM
Created: Monday, 10 February 2014 10:33
February 10, 2014
SYDNEY, NS – Residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are welcome to participate in budget consultation meetings as part of the municipality's 2014-15 budget process.
There will be a public meeting held in each of the 12 districts. Mayor Cecil Clarke and each district's councillor will attend the meetings along with key CBRM staff.
The consultation will also include public opinion survey questions and a stakeholder session in Council Chambers on March 11.
The public budget meetings were initiated last year as part of the CBRM's Reorganization Plan for Positive Change.
Mayor Clarke says the budget consultation process is critical for prioritizing municipal spending choices.
"Residents were clear in our last meetings about focusing on economic development," said Mayor Clarke. "These meetings are an opportunity to look at our limited tax dollars and consider how our priorities help develop our economy and create jobs."
During last year's consultation, residents ranked "working with the federal and provincial governments" at the top followed closely by development of the Port of Sydney, attracting large employers and increasing tourism activity.
The budget is expected to be finalized and ready for presentation to council by the end of March.
If bad weather requires a meeting to be rescheduled, all cancellation and reschedule information will be available on the CBRM website at www.cbrm.ns.ca
Schedule of budget consultation meetings:
To see what district you live in, search your address here: http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/who-is-my-councillor.html
Sunday, February 16, 3:00 pm - District 1 – Sydney Mines Fire Hall, 1 Elliott Street
RESCHEDULED: Saturday, February 22, 2:00 pm - District 2 – Branch 19 Legion North Sydney, 16 Archibald Ave.
Monday, February 17, 7:00 pm – District 3 – Frenchvale Fire Hall, 756 Frenchvale Road
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm – District 7 – East Bay Fire Hall, 3542 East Bay Hwy.
Thursday, February 20, 6:30 pm – District 5 - Centre 200 Main Concourse, Sydney
Sunday, March 2, 3:00 pm – District 10 – Gardiner Mines Community Hall, 6429 Seaside Dr.
Sunday, March 2, 7:00 pm – District 9 – Glace Bay Fire Hall, 87 Reserve St.
Monday, March 3, 6:30 pm - District 4 – Riverview Y's Men Club, 54 Riverdale Dr. Westmount
Tuesday, March 4, 6:30 pm – District 8 – Albert Bridge Fire Hall, 4330 Louisbourg Hwy.
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 pm – District 12 –Legion Br. 128 Whitney Pier, 850 Victoria Rd.
Thursday, March 6, 6:30 pm – District 11 –Legion Br. 15 New Waterford, 3472 Plummer Ave.
Monday, March 10, 6:30 pm – District 6 – St. Theresa's Hall, 285 St. Peter's Rd., Sydney