Your chance of a say on coun­cil bud­get

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RES­I­DENTS and com­mu­nity groups have been urged to have their say on fi­nan­cial plan­ning at a lo­cal au­thor­ity. Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil will meet to de­cide its bud­get for the com­ing year and has launched a con­sul­ta­tion so peo­ple can send in their views. Re­sults will be turned into a re­port for coun­cil­lors to con­sider at a sched­uled meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary. Coun­cil leader Jim Gif­ford said: “Ev­ery­one is aware that pub­lic sec­tor fi­nances are tight and in Aberdeen­shire this is no dif­fer­ent. “From what we al­ready know as a re­sult of res­i­dent re­search, the peo­ple of Aberdeen­shire agree that we man­age our fi­nances prop­erly. “How­ever, we know that they may also have good sug­ges­tions about things we can do dif­fer­ently or to­gether. “And as we pre­pare our plans for the com­ing year it is right that those sug­ges­tions should form part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.” Deputy leader Peter Ar­gyle added: “This year we wanted to find out how peo­ple feel about the work we have done so far. “Over the past few years we have car­ried out a lot of en­gage­ment, tak­ing time to ask peo­ple how they feel about is­sues such as fees and charges.” The sur­vey is avail­able at bit.ly/2rk­divp

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