North Cowichan to host Budget 2018 public meetings

North Cowichan to host Budget 2018 public meetings

Crofton the venue Oct. 25 and Chemainus on Oct. 26

The Municipality of North Cowichan is inviting the public to join the conversation and participate in the Budget 2018 Open House and Town Hall meetings.

The meetings will include information about the draft budget, engagement activities, and a question and answer session with Mayor Jon Lefebure and staff.

Meetings are planned from 6–8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Crofton Community Centre and Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre.

“If you would like to learn about how your tax dollars are spent, if you are curious about projects planned for your community, or interested in decisions about the municipal budget, these are the meetings for you,” says Mayor Lefebure. “The meetings give us the opportunity to hear what’s important to North Cowichan citizens, helping us make decisions that reflect not only the values of council, but residents, businesses and the community as a whole.”

Feedback gathered from the public during the meetings will help guide aspects of the 2018 budget. The public input will be considered by council as the budget develops over the next several months. Council will adopt the final budget in May of next year.

Everyone attending a Budget 2018 public meeting will receive a complimentary one-time use pass for a North Cowichan recreation facility, either the Cowichan Aquatic Centre or Fuller Lake Arena.

Residents who are unable to attend a meeting in person can join the Budget 2018 conversation on PlaceSpeak, the municipality’s online citizen engagement tool, starting October 23, at www.placespeak.com/MNCbudget.