Report from city hall – March 16

March 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm (News, Politics) (, , )

It appears I have survived my first city budget process.

The steering committee met this morning and approved the latest draft with a 2% tax increase. Staff cut $1.2 million to bring the hike to that amount, offsetting lower than expected provincial grants, raises in salaries and a new waste/recycling contract. The document will now go before full council, but I can’t see any issues popping up there since all but two councillors were present for today’s discussions.

Also from city hall, rookie Coun. Maurice Dupelle chatted with me this week about the pressure he’s feeling from the recent controversies. It can’t be easy being an elected official in Cornwall these days; even more experienced councillors such as Denis Thibault are feeling the strain. But throughout the recent tension, my relationships with local politicians and staff have only improved and I’m enjoying the beat more than ever.

Council had a closed meeting yesterday, approving a change to the structure of its EMS and fire departments. They have another private gathering scheduled for Monday, prior to the planning advisory committee meeting. The next open council meeting is set for March 26, and a special meeting to approve the budget is expected soon thereafter.

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