2023 Chatham-Kent budget deliberations continue on Tuesday and Wednesday

The next budget meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2023, Municipal officials say.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Opening remarks by the Budget Chair, Brock McGregor, followed by CFO, Gord Quinton with any follow-up from the previous meeting.

Deputations will be heard and deliberations on the operating budget will begin, Municipal officials added.

“Note, that after the break, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Council will go into closed session,” Municipal officials said in a media release.

“Budget deliberations will continue the following day on Wednesday, February 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If more time is required, February 2 has also been set aside.”

Written deputations of up to five minutes in length are welcome each evening but must be emailed before 3 p.m. the day of the meeting to ckfps@chatham-kent.ca.

Questions and comments can also be made by:

– Mail: Budget & Performance Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, 315 King Street W., P.O. Box 640, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 5K8

– Telephone: 519-360-1998

– Online: https://www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca/budget2023?tool=qanda#tool_tab

“All budget meetings are open to the public in Council Chambers and will be broadcast live on YourTV as well as live streamed on the YourTV YouTube channel,” Municipal officials say.

“Community consultations will be broadcast on the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Facebook feed.”

Municipal budget details can be found at https://www.chatham-kent.ca/localgovernment/budget/Pages/Our-Municipal-Budgets.aspx.

The tax impact was trimmed from 6.35% to 5.58% on Thursday night, January 26, 2023, as Chatham-Kent Council held their first night of budget deliberations at the Civic Centre in Chatham.

South Kent Councillor Anthony Ceccacci entered a successful motion, which lowered the 6% inflation number for capital and lifecycle costs to 4%.

Ceccacci’s motion resulted in a savings of approximately $1.36-million to the 2023 budget.

Council also approved the 2023 budget for the Chatham-Kent Police Service on Thursday.

Chief Gary Conn provided a presentation to Council on their budget, which came in at a 3.3% increase from last year.

Chief Conn said the $35.3 million budget, which includes a net increase of approximately $1.13-million, includes no service reductions or new hires.

Overall, the increase to the police budget results in a 0.64% impact to the overall Chatham-Kent budget.

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