With the end of the fiscal year approaching, and municipalities gearing up for budget season, the town of Springdale says it’s trying a new initiative.
CAO Rick LeDrew says in a recent council meeting, Mayor Harvey Tizzard proposed the idea of pre-budget consultations.
“Council had some discussion, surrounding the idea after the mayor suggested it, and felt it was a good area to explore further,” he said.
Council compares the idea to something similar to what the Provincial Government holds every year across the province, where the people of the province have an opportunity to weigh in on the issues that are important to them, in hopes that Government will consider them in the next budget.
“The town has never done anything like this before, but council feels it’s imporatant to increase community engagement, and make the people of the town a bigger part of what goes on in their town.”
LeDrew says the town will host an event at Manual Hall on Monday, November 4, between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. That time will be set aside for people to make presentations on issues and causes they feel council should be considering in the upcoming budget process.
“Those wishing to make presentations will be given five minutes to outline their suggestions on setting budget priorities for the town,” said LeDrew. He said those who wish to make a presentation are asked to register with the town by 4:00pm on November 1.
The town is also asking presenters to provide a printed copy of their presentation for review following the event.
“We really feel this is going to be a positive event for the town,” said the CAO. “The people of Springdale are known for being engaged in their community, and this is likely to strengthen that even further.”