Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Mayor Watson to conduct budget consultation outreach sessions this week at local shopping centres.

Mayor Jim Watson, today announced that he will hold six “Mayor’s Budget Outreach” consultation sessions at shopping centres in all areas of the city in advance of the creation of Budget 2014. During every budget process, Mayor Watson welcomes suggestions from residents on how the City can make the best use of tax dollars. Residents will also be able to submit their ideas through an online chat, email and Twitter.

“I hope that all residents will take the time to share their ideas for the upcoming City budget,” said Mayor Watson. “I am specifically interested in hearing ideas about how to save money, as well as where residents feel we should be focusing our efforts.”

Date Time Location
Wednesday, September 4 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. Rideau Centre
Thursday, September 5 noon to 1:30 p.m. St. Laurent Shopping Centre
Friday, September 6 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Billings Bridge Shopping Centre
Saturday, September 7 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Carlingwood Shopping Centre
Sunday, September 8 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Bayshore Shopping Centre
Tuesday, September 10 10:45 to 12:45 p.m. Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre

If you are not able to visit with the Mayor in person, he will also be holding a budget-focused online chat on his website www.jimwatsonottawa.ca on September 17 from noon to 1 p.m. Residents are also encouraged to submit budget ideas by email at budget2014@ottawa.ca or on Twitter using the hashtag #ottbudget, channels which have been open since mid-June.

Ongoing public input is important to the City of Ottawa budget process. For example, feedback received during a past budget consultation led to a $340-million infrastructure program to upgrade the City’s roads, sewers, sidewalks and other critical infrastructure.

As per Council direction, Budget 2014 is being drafted with the goal of a tax increase of no more than 2 per cent, which would be the lowest in seven years.

Residents will also be able to provide feedback during in-person consultations sessions and committee meetings after the budget is tabled on Wednesday, October 23.

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