Wednesday, September 11, 2013

City of Vernon Starts 'Long' Process

Written by Peter McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM  Wednesday, 11 September 2013 13:00 

The City of Vernon has set the timeline for putting together its 2014 budget. Mayor Rob Sawatzky tells Kiss FM, it's a time consuming process, strung out over several months. "I don't think everyone realizes what a long process it is. They think you meet for a couple of hours and determine the budget. That's not the way that it works,"says Sawatzky who has gone through a couple of budget cycles since being elected mayor in 2011. Each city department will start working on its budgets this week, which will be presented to council in December. A special meeting of council will be held September 26 from noon to 6pm to discuss the financial plan process at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre in the Marie Fleming Hall which is open to the public. Council and senior staff will hold all day detailed budget discussions next January 15-17 (also open to public) before finalizing the document in the new year.

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