CVRD hosting open houses for public participation in 2020 budget

CVRD hosting open houses for public participation in 2020 budget

Saltair Community Centre meeting on Oct. 16

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is inviting residents to participate in shaping its 2020 budget with several ways to provide input during the next two months.

There will be four open houses across the Cowichan region in October when residents can learn more about the draft 2020 budget from CVRD staff and elected officials. The open houses will also provide a forum for asking questions and giving feedback prior to significant decision-making by committee or the board throughout the remainder of the year.

“This is an opportunity for residents to come out and learn more about the many services provided locally and across the region, and the often challenging considerations that go into funding these services each year,” said Ian Morrison, CVRD chair. “This is an effort and energy intensive topic and there are always tough decisions to be made. It’s important to involve taxpayers and for elected officials and staff to hear their thoughts as early as possible in the process.”

The draft 2020 budget will be presented to the CVRD Corporate Services Committee on Oct. 9 and available for review on the CVRD website afterwards. Following are the public meetings are open to all, and residents are encouraged to drop-in at any point throughout the scheduled meeting times.

5:30-7:30 p.m. | Wednesday, Oct. 16

Saltair Community Centre

6:30-8:30 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 17

Cowichan Community Centre

7-8:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 22

Kerry Park Recreation Centre

5:30-7 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 24

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena

In addition to attending a public meeting, residents will be able to submit feedback on the 2020 budget through the CVRD website and PlaceSpeak.