Beaudin creates citizen committee to analyze City budget
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.