The public is invited to be part of the presentation of the proposed 2019 municipal budget on Wednesday January 16 at 6 p.m.

The budget will be presented in council chambers on the second floor of the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre, 315 King Street West, Chatham.

The presentation will be shown on Your TV and Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/yourtvck/

Budget chair Counc. Brock McGregor said he hopes residents will take the opportunity to watch the presentation.

The budget document will be available on the municipal website https://www.chatham-kent.ca/Pages/default.aspx once it is presented.

“We want residents to be informed about municipal spending,” he said.

“The more information they have; the better feedback we receive as council members.”

Gord Quinton, Chatham-Kent’s Director, Budget & Performance Services, said the municipality has prepared three videos dealing with budget basics, learning how property tax is calculated and assessment growth.

The videos are at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/local-government/financial-information/Budget

“It helps to know how calculations are made,” he said.

“There is more to budgeting than just numbers.”

In addition to Wednesday’s session, community open house sessions will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 22, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre, 1212 North St., Dresden
Tilbury Arena, Ryder Hall, 55 Bond Ave., Tilbury

Wednesday, January 23, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Blenheim High School Cafeteria, 163 Chatham St. S., Blenheim
Wallaceburg Municipal Office, 786 Dufferin Ave., Wallaceburg

Thursday, January 24, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Avenue, Chatham

Budget Committee deliberations are scheduled for January 30, 31 and February 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in council chambers.

Tentative sessions are scheduled February 6 and 7 from six to 10 p.m. at the same location.

Written and verbal presentations of up to five minutes are welcome each evening – please sign up at the door.

Please check the schedule posted on our 2019 budget website for updates on the timing for deputations.

The Municipality recommend that you contact ckfps@chatham-kent.ca in advance if you have a presentation.

Deputations on specific topics generating significant community interest will be scheduled and announced prior to the Budget Committee’s deliberations.

If you require a specific accommodation, contact the Municipality at 519-360-1998, 48 hours in advance, so they can work with residents to make these arrangements.

If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, your comment can also be made in the following ways:

– By email to ckfps@chatham-kent.ca

– By mail to Budget & Performance Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, 315 King St. W, P.O. Box 640, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8

– Or by telephoning Budget & Performance Services at 519-360-1998