How does one approach the City budget process and get heard?
Let me tell you how.
I attended the first of the pre-budget meetings offered for public input and roundtable discussions. I truly felt that we were all sincerely appreciated.
I was pleased with the presentation and preparation our City employees and councillors had to do to make this happen.
Each grouped table represented a department. It was well organized and had data to refer to and present when questioned.
The public was asked to join roundtable discussions, listen and then question away.
A table representative took notes and suggestions. Councillors circulated tables and questioned employees.
They addressed my issues. The councillors were taking notes and there was great support of what is being done at the City level and what is seen for our City’s future.
There were things they never thought of and things that they are two steps ahead on. I was glad for this opportunity to listen, chat, question and shake my head.
I am completely satisfied with this process. Yes, it might go a long ways; and, yes, it might not. But I am glad to have taken the time to be part of the process.
Sustainability, saving money, spending money — it’s a huge job and our councillors are giving it their all.