Town schedules open meeting to hear budget ideas

It’s just entertaining enough that you’ll want to bring along the popcorn.

The Town of Osoyoos has scheduled a special open meeting for Monday (January 16) to allow Osoyoos residents five minutes each to suggest to Council how best to spend its tax dollars.

“We’ve only had it for a couple of years, but I think it’s a really good idea,” said Mayor Sue McKortoff of the open budget evening scheduled for the Town Office. “It allows people to come in and make a presentation about what it is they think we could include in the budget.”

She said she has no idea who might show up to sell their visions to Council but added ideas delivered over the last two years have caught Council’s eye.

“It’s five minutes,” she said of the short presentation. “It’s not a decision-making meeting. All we’re going to do is listen to people.

“We’ll take (ideas) back as we continue our budget meetings to decide what we can afford and what’s the highest priority. If we decide to do something, then we decide where we can get the money from.”

Residents wanting to make a five-minute presentation or request project funding are required to register at the meeting prior to 7 p.m. Anyone else attending can ask questions or make comments.

“The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” said Mayor McKortoff. “If you come forward and give a compelling reason why you think something should be done, we will certainly be looking at it.”

A meeting agenda and budget package will be available to view this Friday at the Town Hall or on the Town website


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