A De­cem­ber bud­get

The Glengarry News - - Classified­s -

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.

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