Today Deputy Mayor Henderson called for public input to the Town’s 2018 budget – that’s operating and Capital but excluding the Police and Library. The target limit on the increase in spending is 2.5% but the corresponding levy would increase by no more than 1.4% – the implication is that the tax base has grown by the difference. That is, the Town component of our tax bills is targeted to go up by 1.4% compared to the expected inflation rate for 2017 of 1.6%.
The first meeting will be on October 12 at 1:00 pm when Council will hear from staff what they want to spend money on. Presentations from the public will then be accepted on October 25th at 2:30 pm. One key date is October 30 which is the close date for submissions for grants – submissions supporting these applications will be heard on November 13.
Deputy Mayor John Henderson heads up this process and he’s got it all organized and scheduled. In the Town’s Press Release he said:
“Our ultimate goal is to align the Town of Cobourg’s budget process, business plans, asset management plans and Council’s Strategic Plan. I truly believe this Council is committed to the budget process and finding efficiencies as well as striving to work collaboratively towards continued engagement with our community and welcome everyone to be a part of this important process.”
You can provide what John calls “feedback” by:
- Emailing Deputy Mayor John Henderson at email@example.com
- Attending the October 25, 2017 session in person and make a presentation.
The Press release says that if you wish to make a presentation you should submit your written submission to Municipal Clerk Lorraine Brace at 905-372-4301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can see the full schedule of meetings at the new Cobourg Internet page here.