A December budget
The United Counties of SDG will start having its budget planning sessions in December.
Traditionally, the Counties tackled the budget in February but that was moved up two months after most of County councillors voted for the change at the June 17 meeting.
Warden Jamie MacDonald had advocated for the change from the start, saying “the quicker we get it done, the better.”
South Stormont Deputy-Mayor David Smith agreed with the warden, saying that an earlier budget from the counties would also help the townships.
“It will help us set our budgets if we know what we’re getting from the counties,” he said.
South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds disagreed, saying there are too many unknowns in December.
“[In February,] you’ll know the tax rates and you can deal with things better,” he said.
North Dundas Deputy-Mayor Allan Armstrong, however, said that his township has also got into the habit of completing its budgets early and that making later adjustments wasn’t too difficult.