Budget meeting to focus on reserves and surpluses

City council’s public budget meetings are going well, the city’s finance committee chair Scott Nelson said Tuesday.

City council’s public budget meetings are going well, the city’s finance committee chair Scott Nelson said Tuesday.

The committee has been hosting meetings every Thursday at city hall where people can ask questions.

“We’ve had good and positive recommendations flowing out from the public,” Nelson said.

The upcoming meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, will delve into reserves and surpluses.

“It will be a great review of how they work, what they are used for, how they are allocated and how they impact our budgets,” said Nelson, adding two more meetings are scheduled to go over public works, general government and community services.

Recently the city launched an OpenGov system on its website that gives the public detailed financial information about the city’s operations.

“It’s great because people have the same information that we’re working with,” Nelson said.

Once the public meetings are completed, the committee will work on making recommendations to council.

Nelson anticipates that will be done within four to five weeks.

The meetings start at 6 p.m. and last about one hour, he said.

Joining him on the committee are councillors Jason Ryll and Craig Smith.