Perth South Council lays out 2017 budget schedule

By Dan Rankin

Perth South Council has set the schedule for its 2017 budget deliberations, including budget consultation and public participation opportunities, with Councillors set to first take a look at the consolidated draft budget on Jan. 20, 2017. Treasurer Rebecca Clothier said the format and schedule “pretty much mirror” what has taken place in previous years. “The Township will continue to strive to adopt the budget early in 2017,” reads a report included in the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. “Having a budget adopted earlier in the year will allow the Township to tender operating and capital work earlier and obtain prices that may be more favourable to the Township.” The 2016 budget deliberations resulted in a 3.26 percent increase to the tax levy over 2015 equal to $93,000. The 2017 schedule is as follows: Dec. 23 – Jan. 19, 2017 – Draft department budgets will be consolidated Jan. 20, 2017 — The consolidated draft budget will be distributed to Council Jan 24, 2017 – Budget meeting with Council to review and discuss draft budget Feb. 23, 2017 – Special Council meeting to obtain input from ratepayers March 3, 2017 – Revised draft budget circulated to Council March 7, 2017 – Adoption of final budget by Council

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