Column: Jan. 29, 2015

Ward 5 Public Consultation on the 2015 City Budget

As I do every year, I will be hosting my annual public consultation for Ward 5 residents to discuss and review the 2015 City of Ottawa draft budget. It will be taking place on Wednesday, February 25, from 7pm to 9pm in the Roly Armitage Hall at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. City staff will be on hand to provide an overview, to answer questions and hear feedback from residents. The latest information draft budget will be posted on ottawa.ca/budget2015.

PLEASE NOTE: My monthly e-newsletter published on January 20, noted that this public consultation was taking place on February 24. However, the date and time changed to FEBRUARY 25, 7-9PM, to facilitate a larger number of resident’s ability to attend.

2015 City of Ottawa Budget

City Council has directed that the 2015 draft budget for all City tax-supported programs be prepared on the basis of a maximum 2% tax increase. The draft budget is being tabled at the City Council meeting on February 4 and final budget recommendations approved on March 11.

I encourage all residents to submit their budget ideas by emailing budget2015@ottawa.ca (please copy me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca) or by using the twitter hash tag #ottbudget.

In addition to my Ward 5 budget meeting outlined above, residents can also provide feedback at the regional consultation sessions and at standing committee meetings. The four regional public consultations hosted by the City are scheduled as follows:

  • Central location: Monday, February 9, 7-9pm, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave., West
  • West location: Tuesday, February 10, 7:30-9:30pm, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 180 Katimavik Rd.
  • South location:  Wednesday, February 11, 7-9pm, Nepean Sportplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.
  • East location: Thursday, February 12, 7:30-9:30pm, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd.

Charity Snowmobile Poker Run

Join the fun at the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association’s annual Charity Snowmobile Poker Run in support of the Snowsuit Fund. It’s taking place on Saturday, February 7 from 8:30am to 8pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. For more information and to buy tickets go to www.wcstai.com.