Chamber Applauds Move to Transparency in Municipal Budgeting

Chamber Applauds Move to Transparency in Municipal Budgeting

After several weeks of advocacy from the Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce, City Council has agreed to provide greater transparency in local budgeting. In a letter to the Chamber, city staff indicated that previously closed-door budget deliberations would be open to the public and that local citizens would have at least two weeks to review the complete budget document and provide feedback before it was passed into law.

 “Council opening budget deliberations to the public is a huge step forward in transparency as it gives all citizens the opportunity to understand the complicated process that creates the city budget” said  Sarah Bisbee, President-Elect of the Chamber of Commerce. As the voice of businesses in this area, the Chamber is pleased to have helped facilitate openness at City Hall.  Our community will only be stronger as a result” she added.

  Budget deliberations will be held in the Heyes Room at City Hall (201-1 Ave West) at the following times:

 December 18               8:30 – 12:00

December 19               8:00 – 12:00. And 1:00 – 5:00.

December 22               8:00 – 12:00.

 

“The Chamber appreciates that these meetings happen during business hours and on some of the busiest shopping and travel days of the year” said Kyle Franz, the Chamber’s Director of Member Relations. “If you can’t make it check with us on Facebook as we will be updating it throughout the debate” he added.

 The Chamber also intends to host a town hall after the budget becomes public to get Member’s feedback. Further details on that event will be advertised in the Brooks Bulletin and on social media.

 
 

Media Contact:

Kyle R. Franz

Director of Member Relations, Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce

membership@brookschamber.ab.ca / (403) 362-7641.

 

 

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Posted on:
Thursday, December 14, 2017