By Pam Wright
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Chatham-Kent’s annual budget process is about to begin.
The process to prioritize how local taxpayer dollars will be spent in 2022 commences Jan. 12, when the draft municipal budget is presented to council.
The budget will be tabled on that day at 6 p.m.
Groups or organizations that want to request funding this year are asked to submit a written request by e-mail to email@example.com before 3 p.m. Monday Jan. 10.
Groups or organization that wish to comment on the budget process are asked to submit a written deputation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Jan. 12.
Two hour-long segments have been scheduled for public input. The first will be held Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m., and the second is slated for Jan. 20 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A brief summary of the draft budget will be presented by administration at the beginning of each event.
Community consultations will be broadcast on the Municipality of Chatham-Kent Facebook live feed.
Budget deliberations will be held Jan. 26 and 27, and Feb. 1. Each session begins at 6 p.m.
The municipality has also set aside Feb. 2 and 3, should more time be required.
Written deputations up to five minutes in length are welcome each evening. Submissions can be made via e-mail to email@example.com before 3 p.m. each day.
Comments can also be made by telephoning 519-360-1998 or by mailing:
Budget & Performance Services,
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
315 King St. W
P.O. Box 640 Chatham, ON
All budget meetings will be broadcast live on YourTV as well as live streamed on the YourTV YouTube channel.