From left, Coun. Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, Coun. Maria McFadden, Coun. Florio Vassilikakis, CAO Chris Barlow, mayor Bruno Tassone, corporate services Tracy Butler, Coun. Cherryl Macleod, Coun. Dan Rye, Coun. Bergen Price.

City of Castlegar to hold public budget meetings

Meetings will be held March 4 and March 7.

The City of Castlegar will hold two public budget meetings next week.

As part of the budgeting process, special committee of the whole meetings will look at the operational budget on Monday, March 4 and the capital budget on Thursday, March 7.

Both meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Community Forum.

The city is promoting the meetings as the public’s opportunity to see the information that council reviews when forming annual budgets and tax rates.

There will be an opportunity for public input at the end of each meeting.

The proposed 2019 budget currently features a new infrastructure investment levy and a tax increase of about seven per cent.

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In spite of calls for more public input into city budgets during the fall municipal election, only a handful of residents attended the last public meetings held at the end of January.

The 2019 budget still has several steps to go before it reaches its final version and adoption, scheduled for April.

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