2011 budget to be presented to public this Tuesday
The City of Castlegar will be unveiling its proposed 2011 budget and five-year financial plan next week, at a regular meeting of council and then through a special open house.
The new budget, which includes a one-per-cent tax increase for commercial rate-payers and a three-per-cent hike for residents, will be brought forward for first and second readings at councils regular meeting Monday night (Feb. 21).
The following evening from 4:30 to 7 p.m. will see the public’s opportunity to gather information, ask questions and provide feedback in an open-house style consultation at the Community Forum (beside City Hall).
City councillor Kevin Chernoff said he doesn’t anticipate a great deal of controversy as the budget process moves forward.
“I don’t think there’s anything in the 2011 budget that’s out of the ordinary or different from any other budget,” he said. “If anything, the argument over the past month or so has been what we can cut; how we can pare it down even more.”
Council members will be able to consider public input at council’s March 7 regular meeting, and can adopt the final budget on March 21.
For more information, call City Hall at 250-365-7227.