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Friday, March 4, 2011

Budget Meeting in Collingwood

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

Council may put budget requests on hold as it tries to decrease proposed tax hike.

Collingwood Council is making some progress in budget talks -- but there's still a long way to go and some big spending requests have been flagged.

Georgian College's request for a million dollars could be deferred to 2012.

Budget Chair, Deputy Mayor Rick Lloyd says the Y's request for 1.5 million dollars may remain in reserves until a master plan of all the town's recreational facilities is complete.

And he says council may also consider cutting the annual contribution to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society from 75 hundred to five thousand.

There will be a public meeting in the council chambers on Saturday from 9am to noon.

Lloyd is hoping organizations will make deputations on the money they're requesting and that individuals will air any worries or concerns.

The Deputy Mayor expects one more working session this Thursday and then one after the public meeting with council starting to make budget decisions around the third week of March.

Lloyd adds in order to get the proposed four per cent tax hike to zero -- two million dollars will have to be cut from operating expenses.


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