The 2022 Budget process began last Thursday at the Town Council chambers.
In a break with past practice, a notice about the noon-2.30pm meeting had been posted on the Town’s Facebook page, saying the public was welcome to attend. One member of the public showed up: Brad Drever, managing director for Skandacor.
The News-Times arrived near the end. Present were Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor; Councillors; Barry Elliott, chief administrative officer; Kerrie Chabot, chief executive officer; Gavin Graves, director of operations; Lynn Needham, environmental manager; Gillian Moch, economic development officer; and Savannah Mass, communications and tourism manager for the Town.
Chabot had taken the lead in guiding attendees through the draft budget, with the help of a large screen.
Afterwards, McKenzie said that the meeting had gone well, addressing roughly half the draft “bare bones” budget.
So far, General Government, Protective Services, and part of Transportation had been discussed, with additions and deletions being made.
Another meeting would be held on Wednesday, May 18, to deal with the rest of Transportation, Parks & Recreation, and Utilities.
McKenzie urged those with an interest in the budget process, and how the Town tries to do all that is necessary without raising taxes, to attend.
“If people are interested in what we are putting forward, then they are more than welcome to attend.”