Evaluation: Individuals have extra time and alternative to take part in 2021 municipal funds consultations. Will they?


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The town has tried alternative ways to succeed in taxpayers previously.

For instance, Mayor Jim Watson in June 2015 hosted a town hall by telephone the place individuals may name in and ask questions in regards to the subsequent yr’s funds. High metropolis bureaucrats huddled round Watson’s boardroom able to reply. It didn’t change into an annual occasion.

Watson, who helps craft the draft funds, has spoken to nearly all councillors about their 2021 priorities. Alongside along with his employees, he’ll communicate with newly elected Cumberland Coun. Catherine Kitts subsequent week.

There’s no Watson-led digital session scheduled this month, however his spokesman, Patrick Champagne, mentioned the mayor “can be carefully monitoring all funds consultations as he has executed in earlier years to get sense of what’s being mentioned in regards to the metropolis’s funds priorities for 2021.”

Added Champagne: “Mayor Watson continues to imagine that council must hold our metropolis inexpensive with a modest tax enhance whereas positioning itself for a powerful post-COVID financial restoration.”

The upcoming digital funds consultations may nonetheless transfer some numbers. It depends upon how a lot individuals care in regards to the funding of municipal packages and the way way more they’re keen to pay in 2021.

When the attendance numbers at funds consultations are low, the widespread assumptions at metropolis corridor are that folks both don’t have time to take part or just don’t care.

There’s one other extensively circulated speculation: individuals have to be pleased with the established order.

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