February 24, 2012

The City of Kamloops introduces interactive budget meetings

Kamloops, B.C. - This year City Council is looking for more engagement with its citizens during budget discussions. Each year the City hosts public meetings regarding the City budget to give citizens an overview and hear their concerns. In recent years, these meetings have been poorly attended, and the City is determined to change that.

Starting February 28th, more public budget meetings have been added to accommodate busy schedules. To improve engagement, there will be roundtable discussions where residents can talk to a Councillor, one-on-one or as part of a community group.

Each budget meeting will be taped and the video posted to the City's website at kamloops.ca/2012budget.

Your presence will influence the process. Mayor, Council and City managers will develop a broader understanding of community interests, concerns, and ideas. These factors are considered and weighed before final deliberation of the budget.

"With the new format, we hope for more attendance at the meetings. Few residents have the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with Council members. This venue provides an informal, friendly way for citizens to share their ideas," said Mayor Peter Milobar.

Each meeting will spotlight the budget of a specific City department. All meetings are public and take place from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Parkside Lounge at Interior Savings Centre.

These public meetings will be summed up with final deliberations taking place on April 3rd at 9:00 am in Council Chambers. This meeting will determine the final tax rate for 2012.

So let's talk. By sharing your priorities and participating in the City's budget process, you can help create a strong future for our city.

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Media Contact:
Mayor Peter Milobar
City of Kamloops