On Thursday September 15th I along with my west-end colleagues Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and Councillor Allan Hubley held a budget 2017 information session at the Kanata Recreation Complex. Deputy City Treasurer Isabelle Jasmin and staff support Christine Moran were on hand to give a brief overview of the City’s budget. Ms. Jasmin explained the break down on how the budget funds such services as fire, police and paramedics, roads, parks and recreation, libraries and the buses that take residents to work and home. This was then followed by residents breaking out into two groups for brain storming and discussion on what they would like to see reflected in the 2017 budget. A number of comment sheets were received and these will be submitted for review and consideration.
Here is a short video to assist you on understanding the basics of how the City budget works.
There are many other opportunities for residents to provide input during this process before the tabling of the draft budget at Council on November 9th. Other wards will be holding future consultation sessions in addition to the one we held in Kanata. All are welcome to attend these sessions as they are open to the public. Residents can also participate in the online consultation: plan a simulated municipal budget using our interactive consultation tool.
After the draft budget is tabled, the public are welcome to register as a public delegation at a budget review meeting: Members of the public can make a five-minute presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget. Please consult the meeting schedule in eAgenda and inquire with the listed contact person to register for a budget review meeting.