Islanders invited to participate in pre-budget consultations
Pre-budget consultations are beginning online and across the province this month and feedback on the budget can be provided online at www.gov.pe.ca/finance/budgetsubmissions until Feb. 18 as well as at four public consultation sessions.
“Islanders expect this government to be fiscally responsible, and they have told us that they want a balanced budget that also protects critical front-line programs and services,” Finance Minister Allen Roach said in a news release. “Difficult decisions will have to be made if we hope to overcome our current deficit and balance the budget in 201617, so we need to hear from Islanders about what is most important to them.”
The public consultation sessions will take place 2-4 p.m. at the following locations (call 902368-5501 to pre-register for each session): O’Leary, Jan. 21 (storm date, Feb. 18); Charlottetown, Jan. 28 (storm date, Feb. 19); Summerside, Feb. 4 with French interpretation services available (storm date, Feb. 25); Montague, Feb. 11 (storm date, Feb. 26).
The budget deficit currently stands at $32.9 million, but government’s multi-year fiscal plan forecasts that the province will achieve a surplus of $11.9 million in the 2016-17 budget.