The City of Hamilton’s 2014 budget process is underway and citizens are encouraged to take part. Upcoming workshops and General Issues Committee (GIC) meetings offer the public opportunities to hear about, and provide input on, preliminary capital and operating budgets.

Budget Workshops:
Three workshops will be held to provide the members of the General Issues Committee and the public with high-level preliminary 2014 capital and operating budgets in order to gather feedback and to begin preparation of the 2014 budget deliberations.

Public delegations will not take place during the workshops; however upcoming GIC meetings will provide members of the public with opportunities to provide comment on the preliminary budgets. Workshops and committee meetings can be viewed online at www.hamilton.ca under Minutes, Agendas and video for Committee/Council .

Capital Budget Workshops
September 13, 2013
October 18, 2013

Rate Budget Workshop
October 30, 2013

All workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, unless otherwise indicated.

General Issues Committee Meetings
Four General Issues Committee meetings will dedicate time to discussing the 2014 budget, as follows:

Tax Budget Preliminary Outlook September 18, 2013 (Regular Meeting)
2014 User Fees November 20, 2013 (Regular Meeting)
Capital Budget Approval November 28, 2013
Rate Budget Approval December 6, 2013

Interested individuals/public delegations who wish to speak in reference to the items noted above are asked to pre-register as a delegation by no later than 12:00 noon on the day prior to the appropriate meeting by contacting Carolyn Biggs, Legislative Co-ordinator, General Issues Committee at (905) 546-2424 ext. 2604 or via email at Carolyn.Biggs@hamilton.ca. Delegation presentations are limited to five minutes.

Written submissions are welcome and will be accepted by email at the above-noted address, by fax at (905) 546-2095, or by mail to the City Clerk’s Office, 1st Floor, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton L8P 4Y5 until 12:00 noon on the day prior to the meeting, for distribution to members of Council.

General Issues Committee dates for 2014 have yet to be determined. Public notice for future meetings (including Boards and Agencies, Public Delegations, presentation of Departmental budgets and Committee deliberations) will be provided as soon as those details are available.

Members of the public who wish to speak to the GIC with respect to the overall 2014 Tax Supported Operating budget will be provided with an opportunity to do so at a later.

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