Residents encouraged to have their say on the City’s 2020 budget

City of St. Catharines press release – The Budget Standing Committee and City staff are calling out to residents to gather opinions and ideas about the 2020 operating budget.

The Mayor and the chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee, Councillor Mat Siscoe and City staff will answer questions about the 2020 draft operating budget during the annual Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22/2019 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Now in its sixth year, the Telephone Town Hall operates similar to a radio call-in show, except instead of individuals calling in, the City will call 30,000 households and ask residents to participate. Residents will be randomly called. Anyone who wants to register in advance to participate in the call, or to request not to be called, can do so at www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetTalk or by calling Citizens First at 905.688.5600. Registration closes Monday, Oct. 21 at noon.

Residents will also be able to meet with the Budget Standing Committee and City staff to offer feedback for the 2020 draft operating budget in person at budget open houses on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., at The St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St., and Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, 240 St Paul St. W.

The City has also launched a new budget engagement tool on its online engagement platform, www.EngageSTC.caThe EngageSTC budget tool is an opportunity to learn more about the budget, see how familiar residents are with the budget process, a forum for residents to share ideas, as well as a chance for residents to ask questions. The page will be used as an ongoing opportunity for residents to learn more about the budget process and share their feedback as the budget evolves.

Visit www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetTalk for more about the Telephone Town Hall, Budget Talk Open Houses and other budget information.

Council set to consider 2020 capital budget

City Council tabled the draft 2020 capital budget at its Sept. 23 meeting. The draft capital budget, four-year forecast and asset management status report will now be considered by Council at its Monday, Oct. 7 meeting.

The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catharines City Hall, will include a public meeting, to allow residents to share their feedback about the draft capital budget.

Residents can find the draft capital budget document online at www.stcatharines.ca/CityBudget.

The City’s Budget Standing Committee meetings take place at City Hall and are open to the public. Residents can attend in person or stream the meetings online. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetCommittee for more information.