Sunday, January 19, 2020

C-K budget presentation on Wednesday night

The public is invited to be part of the presentation of the proposed 2020 municipal budget on Wednesday, January 15 at 6 p.m.

The budget will be presented in Council Chambers on the second floor of the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre at 315 King Street West in Chatham.

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

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

The budget document will be available on the municipal website at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/local-government/financial-information/Budget/2020-budget 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.”

Steve Brown, Chatham-Kent’s Director of 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 is our goal to provide our residents with the information and tools to fully understand and be engaged in the budget process,” he said.

In addition to Wednesday’s session, community consultation meetings will be held on the following dates.

Tuesday, January 21, 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Brunner Centre, 32 Wallace St., Thamesville

Tilbury Arena, Ryder Hall, 49 Bond Ave., Tilbury

Wednesday, January 22, 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 23, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Ave., Chatham

Budget Committee deliberations are scheduled for January 28, 29 and 30 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm in Council Chambers. Tentative sessions are scheduled February 4 and 5 if needed.

Written and verbal presentations of up to five minutes are welcome each evening and participants can sign up at the door. Please check the schedule posted on our 2020 budget website for updates on the start time for deputations. We 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, please contact the Municipality at 519-360-1998, at least 48 hours in advance, so they can work with people to make necessary arrangements.

If people are unable to attend any of the sessions, people’s comments can also be made:

– 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

– by telephone to Budget & Performance Services at 519.360.1998, Ext. 3100

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