Beaudin cre­ates cit­i­zen com­mit­tee to an­a­lyze City bud­get

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

Af­ter hav­ing had her pro­posal that the plan­ning ses­sions for the mu­nic­i­pal bud­get be made pub­lic re­jected by the Sher­brooke City coun­cil in Septem­ber, Sher­brooke Ci­toyen Coun­cil­lor Éve­lyne Beaudin an­nounced Thurs­day that she will be es­tab­lish­ing a com­mit­tee of cit­i­zen ex­perts to an­a­lyze the mu­nic­i­pal bud­get in­de­pen­dently.

"I asked for more trans­parency in the bud­get process, be­cause I con­sider not only that the pop­u­la­tion has the right to be in­formed, but also be­cause I have faith in col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence,” Beaudin said. “Some peo­ple think that peo­ple will get "mixed up" if we talk to them about the mu­nic­i­pal bud­get, but I think we would be crazy to de­prive our­selves of their ex­per­tise. That's why we de­cided to form this anal­y­sis team."

Com­posed of three peo­ple, the com­mit­tee will be chaired by Ab­del­jalil Az­zane, a cit­i­zen in­volved in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics and an oc­ca­sional speaker at City Hall. An en­gi­neer by train­ing, Az­zane holds a Mas­ter's de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) and is cur­rently the direc­tor of a man­age­ment con­sult­ing firm.

"I have been in­ter­ested in mu­nic­i­pal man­age­ment for a few years now and I take Ms Beaudin's ini­tia­tive as an op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute even more con­cretely to the City's sound man­age­ment,” Az­zane said. “To me, it is ob­vi­ous that cit­i­zens should be able to con­trib­ute as we think about the bud­get. I hope that Ms. Beaudin's ini­tia­tive will in­spire more peo­ple to take an in­ter­est in the man­age­ment of their city."

In or­der to ful­fill his man­date, Az­zane will be able to count on the sup­port of Julie Dionne, a PHD math­e­mat­ics and teacher at the Cégep de Sher­brooke since 2006 and Lu­dovick Nadeau, a stu­dent in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­count­ing and tax­a­tion at U de S. Both Dionne and Nadeau were can­di­dates for Sher­brooke Ci­toyen in the last mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion

Sher­brooke Ci­toyen’s only mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor wants more trans­parency and cit­i­zen in­volve­ment in city bud­get plan­ning.

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