Oakville seeking public input on 2012 budget

Three public open houses scheduled for January

Oakville’s making public input into the 2012 budget process easier than ever. The Town of Oakville will be hosting a series of public open houses, interactive online forums and Budget Committee meetings starting this month. The public can also follow the town on Facebook and Twitter to be part of the online community.

“Connecting with the public and involving them in the budget process is a Council priority,” said Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams. “Oakville is committed to long-term financial sustainability and is in a strong position to respond to external economic pressures. Council’s objective is to keep the total property tax increases in line with inflation.”

The town conducted a citizen survey in the spring and launched an online survey in November to engage the public about the top issues currently facing Oakville, and to better understand satisfaction levels with town programs and services to help identify budget preferences.

Town staff will present the official 2012 budget to the Budget Committee on Monday, January 16. The subsequent budget meetings will detail program and service priorities and offer opportunities for delegations to provide input to the Budget Committee before deliberations begin.

Oakville taxpayers are encouraged to join Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Budget Committee at one of three informal budget open houses on:

Wednesday, January 18
7 to 8 p.m.
Glen Abbey Library
1415 Third Line

Tuesday, January 24
7 to 8 p.m.
Woodside Library
1274 Rebecca Street

Thursday, January 26
7 to 8 p.m.
Committee Room 1, Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Road

Or have your say at the 2012 Budget Committee meetings located in Council Chamber at Town Hall on:

Monday, January 16
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Distribution of Budget Books and Overview Presentation

Thursday, January 19
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Commissioner Presentations

Friday, January 20 (as required)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Commissioner Presentations

Thursday, February 2
7 to 10 p.m.
Delegations

Tuesday, February 7
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Delegations

Thursday, February 9
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Deliberations

Tuesday, February 14 (as required)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Deliberations

Monday, March 5
7 p.m.
Council Approval

Residents who wish to appear before the Budget Committee as a delegate should register at townclerk@oakville.ca or call 905-815-6015. For those who cannot attend the Budget Committee meetings in person, they will be video-streamed live at TownTV.

“We want to better understand the public’s views on the services the town provides and how they should be funded. We’re committed to maintaining services, ensuring that Oakville’s infrastructure is in a state of good repair, and keeping the town’s low debt level,” added Councillor Adams.

For details visit the 2012 budget page.

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Media contacts:

Nancy Sully
Deputy Treasurer and Director of Financial Planning
905-845-6601, ext. 3143
nsully@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Oakville seeking public input on 2012 budget