"The many hours of preparation and hard work by staff have allowed Council to table a budget that meets our target of 2%”, noted Barb Tobin, Deputy Mayor and Chair of Corporate Services. “The initial budget presentation broke down the results of our very first consultation with the public which was in the form of a pre-budget survey. Council was able to use this as a starting measure of how satisfied residents are with Municipal services when reviewing this year's budget package.”
At both the initial budget meeting on March 7 and the special meeting devoted entirely to budget questions and answers on March 9, it was emphasized that an increase of no more than 2% was a target set by Council in 2015 along with the adoption of the Long-Term Financial Plan.
“We are pleased that we have been able to meet that objective”, stated CAO Brian Carré. He noted that the requirement was met while still being able to “allocate $4.2 million to capital projects which is an additional $1.2 million in capital expenditures over the 2015 budget in order to address our infrastructure deficit. We were also able to transfer $338,000 to reserves for future projects.
”In addition to the results from the pre-budget survey, the budget presentation given by CAO Brian Carré is also available on the Municipal website.
The next step in the budget process, and the final opportunity for the public to provide their input, is the budget discussion that will take place during the March 21 Committee of the Whole meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.
If there are comments or suggestions prior to the March 21 meeting, the public is invited to submit them to the Clerk’s Office by email at to ensure they are provided to Council and staff for consideration.
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