Last chance for budget input

The public will have one last chance to have their say in how city council should or should not spend city dollars.

The public will have one last chance to have their say in how city council should or should not spend city dollars.

Council decided at its meeting Tuesday night to allow delegations during financial deliberations week – but only on Mon., March 28 and Tues., March 29 before council starts getting into discussions.

“My concern is at the last minute we will have people making delegations,” said Coun. Roy Grant before the decision was made to only allow presentations the first two days. “We held open houses for this very such thing. There should at least be a time limit.”

Peter Wipper, legislative services manager, said the financial deliberation meetings which take place March 28-31 follow the same bylaws that are set out for regular council meetings and therefore delegations can be no longer than five minutes. Meanwhile, Andy Laidlaw, city manager, told council staff is currently working on different taxation models for council to consider next week.

Mayor and councillors will also look into making further service cuts at City Hall, increasing utility rates and debate whether or not to accept recent funding requests from community agencies.