SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville residents will have a chance to take a look at how their taxpayers’ dollars could be spent in 2014 when budget deliberations get under way this Monday night at a meeting open to the public.
Town council will be presented with the first draft of the operating budget during the meeting, which gets under way at 7 p.m. at town hall.
“This will be the first time council sees it and it will basically be presented to them and received,” said town treasurer Michael Beal. “They will be advised where we are based on the budgets submitted and what has changed from 2013 to 2014.”
Beal said department heads have been working for the past couple of months on their respective budgets and recently submitted their work plans and ‘wish lists’ for operating and capital funding in anticipation of the budget discussions.
Although this first public budget session will not allow for public input, a subsequent meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5 will provide an opportunity for residents to comment, make a presentation, or ask questions on the information they’ve gathered from the review of the draft this Monday night. Council members will also give their opinions and feedback on the proposed budget during the Nov. 5 meeting.
Beal said another review of the draft budget will be done later in November, once the necessary information is received from the provincial government on the municipal tax base.
“We do hope that it is received early in November as it makes it very difficult to finalize things when the information comes so late,” he said.
Later in November, discussions on the proposed capital budget for 2014 will get under way, with both budgets undergoing a final appraisal in early December.
If all goes well, and dependent on the province coming through by late next month with the information, Beal said the operating budget is expected to come to the table for approval during council’s monthly meeting Dec. 9. The capital budget may also come forward at that meeting or, if not yet finalized, early in the new year.