DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The public is invited to have their say in the municipal budget process at a special open house being held next week.
Prior to the council meeting on the evening of Monday, Nov. 30, the township will be hosting a special Public Budget Open House inside Council Chambers, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
According to a press release from the municipality, the event will give local residents an opportunity to meet with members of Council and Staff to discuss/comment on proposed future Operating budgets and Capital projects. This will be an informal session with no formal presentations being made.
Councillors have been busy this week meeting with municipal department heads to pre-review budgets ahead of the public presentations that will take place next month.
There are currently four deliberation sessions scheduled in December for the 2016 municipal budget which will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, Thursday, Dec. 10, Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 17 starting at 1 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 51 Toronto St. South.
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy, Chair of the Finance Committee commented that although there are always challenges when dealing with the budget, he’s confident in the abilities of township staff and his fellow councillors.
“Although we’ve got the new fire hall started, there’s still some big demands for funding. Be it the downtown culvert or accessibility upgrades to Elgin Park,” he told The Standard. “Our asset management plan is working very well. These challenges aren’t insurmountable, we can do it.”
If residents would like further information on the Municipal Budget process, they are encouraged to contact Treasurer Donna Condon at 905-852-9181, ext. 210.
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