Par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get­ing un­veiled by Labrador City

Res­i­dents will de­cide how to spend the money

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

The res­i­dents of Labrador City will be the per­son­ally in­volved in de­cid­ing how to spend town money in the town’s next an­nual bud­get.

The plan for a ‘par­tic­i­pa­tory’ bud­get was un­veiled as a pub­lic meet­ing on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Aug. 29.

At that meet­ing, Mayor Wayne But­ton ex­plained that in the par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get process, res­i­dents will of­fer up projects or pro­gram ideas they think the town should fi­nance.

The town has bud­geted $100,000 for the pro­ject. Mayor Wayne But­ton cred­its newlyap­pointed Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer Cathy Et­sell for com­ing up with the plan for a new ap­proach to de­cid­ing the town bud­get.

“Full de­tails will be avail­able soon on so­cial me­dia, and you can drop by the town hall or arena, plus there will be pub­lic From left, Cathy Et­sell, Labrador City Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer, Kim Con­way, town clerk and Mayor Wayne But­ton.

in­for­ma­tion passed out at strate­gic lo­ca­tions in the com­mu­nity,” Et­sell told mem­bers of the pub­lic at­tend­ing the meet­ing.

Ideas of­fered up by res­i­dents

will go be­fore an eval­u­a­tion com­mit­tee, com­prised of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. They will de­cide the projects that are up for con­sid­er­a­tion. Then it

will be up to res­i­dents to de­cide which projects will be ap­proved for fund­ing.

“We tried other ideas in the past but never got a lot of re­sponse, hope­fully this will gather more in­ter­est,” But­ton told the Aurora.

New town clerk

The sec­ond mat­ter of busi­ness for Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing was the ap­proval of hir­ing a new town clerk. The po­si­tion was awarded to Kim Con­way, who re­ceived a rous­ing round of ap­plause from the coun­cil and staff as well as mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Con­way has been an em­ployee of the town for 26 years and told those in at­ten­dance she looks for­ward to her new po­si­tion.

She fills the role pre­vi­ously held by Cathy Et­sell, who was re­cently ap­pointed Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ments, sev­eral coun­cil mem­bers told the Aurora they would re­ally like peo­ple to think long and hard about projects and pro­grams, as it’s an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to have a say in what hap­pens in their town.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

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