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Budget input sought

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Town council on Monday night approved the timetable for planning out the 2013 municipal budget, which includes a meeting to garner public input slated for Sept. 24 (in conjunction with the regular council meeting that night).

Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig said the Sept. 24 meeting is the perfect opportunity for residents to have their say before council and administration get too far along in the budget process.

“Invariably, there is a lot of groups out there, or even individuals, that once you get into the budget, will come forward with ideas after the fact,” noted McCaig.

“If people have ideas for undertakings or philosophies regarding the budget, this is the opportunity for them to come forward,” he stressed.

“We’re doing it at the outset so council and administration can consider what they have to say as we begin preparations,” McCaig explained.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for people to be participating in one of the most important processes that we have, no doubt,” he reiterated.

“We always talk about participating in local government, and this is a prime example of an opportunity to participate.”

Citizens’ input may range from paving or other projects they’d like to see done to voicing concerns about tax increases.

Those interested in making a presentation to council on the budget are asked to contact the clerk’s office at the Civic Centre (274-5323).

However, citizens wishing to make a presentation at the Sept. 24 meeting are requested to register prior to noon on Thursday, Sept. 20 so they can be included on the agenda.

A second public meeting on the budget is slated for April 22, with it anticipated to be passed by council May 13.

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