Good morning everyone. I hope the cold weather hasn’t affected anyone negatively. We have a few more months of this cold weather and then spring will come to our fair city. We have been lucky in that we have some snow but the quantities have been limited and easy to deal with so far. Let’s hope this continues.
On January 20th of next week, council is meeting to view the draft budget for our city. It will begin at 5:30 pm in council chambers. This draft budget is the beginning process to establish a budget for the year 2015. It will give us an idea of the suggested taxes that will be paid by all of us in the city. The initial documents for this budget are on line at the city website. It is important to remember that it is the initial look at the budget and what will be introduced on Tuesday will be the beginning of a process to strike a tax rate for our citizens.
It is an open meeting and everyone from the public is welcomed to attend. I invite anyone that wants to understand the process and the realities of our finances to come and hear what we are discussing. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. There is a process involved that will place your comments and ideas on record for all to see. There were many important ideas shared during the past election, in October, that will help us in our discussions.
The next important meeting will be Saturday, January 24th. This day will start at 9:00 am and will deal with this city developing a Strategic Plan for the next 4 years. This means we will be discussing the direction our city should take over the next few years. Many discussions will be had and we also need the citizens to take part. What you have to say is important to us. The process is open to the public. All citizens can view the discussions of this important document. It is essentially what the city will be concentrating on over the next 4 years. We will be discussing the important projects that council will develop and accomplish on behalf of our citizens. Please come and participate in this important meeting.
Hoping to see everyone at these 2 very important meetings. It is our city and the direction it takes is important to all citizens.