Budget review

The Committee Chairs and Mayor Al McDonald met with City Staff for the first Budget Process Review Committee earlier today (Monday).

Mayor Al McDonald says the goals of this committee include setting a budget timeline and process as well as budget policy.

McDonald says they also want to have a better process for budget meetings.

McDonald says this allows for all of council to see where the numbers line up and what impact will be made by cutting spending. Budget Chief Sheldon Forgette says they have also agreed to have a final budget approved before the New Year.

 Forgette says the Review Committee agreed on letting the residents have a say on the budget process.

The committee, which also includes Councillors Tanya Vrebosch and Mark King, have agreed on getting half the budget approved by October.

This allows the city to start the tender’s process in early January.