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Monday, December 4, 2017

Hammering Out Brockton's Budget

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton Council is taking another crack at its 2018 budget today.

The Special Budget Meeting is being held at the Walkerton Fire Hall beginning at 9 am and it is expected to run all day.

Mayor David Inglis is hopeful that today is the day Brockton’s 2018 budget will be finalized.

This is the third round of budget deliberations for Council.

Inglis says they started at a 9 percent increase and have managed to whittle it down to the 3 to 4 percent range.

He says now that all the ground work has been done, today will be a matter of going over the finer details to see if there are any more tweaks that can be made.

Inglis concedes it has been a very challenging budget process

He calls it a delicate balancing act between need, growth and capital projects.

While the going has been tough, Inglis says it is certainly not a bare bones budget as there is a significant amount of capital projects budgeted at this point to ensure Brockton’s infrastructure needs are being cared for.

He says these capital expenses can not all be funded through reserves, as some will need to be raised through taxation and others from debenture.

He calls this a more balanced approach.

Inglis adds every year it is the same story, the budget process never seems to get any easier as the challenges continue to grow.

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