Public finance committee meetings begin Thursday, Jan. 8

The public is invited to observe Finance Committee meetings this month as members begin discussions on the 2015 budget.

  • Jan. 6, 2015 8:00 a.m.

The public is invited to observe Finance Committee meetings this month as members begin discussions on the 2015 budget and the 2016 to 2019 financial plan.

In addition, residents are encouraged to take a look at the City’s books online at www.williamslake.ca.

“As we work on the budget, we will be targeting a zero per cent tax increase for 2015,” said Finance Committee Chair Councillor Scott Nelson.

“We also want to be the most transparent community in B.C. We all have open, public budget meetings, and residents can see all of the city’s finances using the OpenGov system on the city’s website.”

“I encourage everyone to come out and listen as the committee discusses spending and the community’s future,” said Mayor Walt Cobb.

The OpenGov system displays the city’s finances over a five-year period.

The budget and expenses for all city departments and divisions are presented in graph form.

It can be accessed at http://www.williamslake.ca/645/OpenGov—The-City-of-Williams-Lake.

Residents can also see the 2015 budget and revisions as council deliberates and makes decisions in the coming weeks and months.

The Finance Committee — councillors Nelson, Jason Ryll and Craig Smith — will meet at 6 p.m. in council chambers each Thursday in January to discuss the budget, beginning this week on Jan. 8.

Meetings will also be held on Jan. 15, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.