DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has altered their 2018 operating budget process schedule.
The Township’s Operating Budget open house will now be held on Wednesday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m., at the Scugog Memorial Public Library. The open house was originally scheduled to take place Wednesday, January 24th.
Following the open house, the final draft of the operating budget will be presented to councillors for approval at a meeting on Monday, March 5th. According to a report shown to Scugog councillors in June, the original plan was to have the final operating budget presented to councillors on Monday, February 5th.
Lori Bowers, the Township’s Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, told The Standard, in an email, the operating budget process dates were changed “due to additional workload increase for staff, resulting” from council’s “requested expense review.”
However, she added “this timing now better aligns with Durham Region’s budget process which will better inform” Scugog’s budget.
At a meeting on December 18th, following a presentation by Howard Danson on concerns with Ward 3 Councillor Don Kett’s expense records made earlier in the month, council passed a motion made by Mayor Tom Rowett to have the “Township’s Finance Department compile all of Councillor Kett’s expense records, from the beginning of [his] term of council, and provide to the Mayor.”
In October, council decided to set a 3.9 per cent tax increase target for the 2018 municipal budget.
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