Session tonight a chance to help Council with budget

A special budget session to be held this evening at Osoyoos Town Hall is a chance for Osoyoos residents to bring pet projects — and peeves — to Council’s attention.

The 7 p.m. meeting provides an opportunity for Osoyoos residents to explain why their concern is important and ask Council to throw a little money their way as it finalizes the Town’s 2018 operating budget and updates its five-year capital plan.

The caveat is that you register prior to the meeting’s 7 p.m. start — there’s a sign-up sheet for that — and you take no longer than five minutes to make your presentation.

Last year, a dozen spokespeople made the most of their five minutes to make (sometimes impassioned) pleas for causes, efforts and concerns they hold dear.

The 2017 list included everything from pickleball and playground funding to help with classic car, medieval and Canada Day events to a request to review sewer and drainage issues on Harbour Key Drive.

The information shared is folded into Council’s budget deliberations. But presentations also build awareness and occasionally result in additional recognition and help.

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