Column: September 24, 2015

Ward 5 Town Hall - Budget 2016 Input & City Services Information Night
 

All residents of West Carleton-March are invited to attend my Ward 5 Town Hall. It is taking place as follows:
 
Tuesday, September 29
7pm to 9pm
West Carleton Community Complex
Roly Armitage Hall, 5670 Carp Rd.
Light refreshments will be served

Beginning at 7pm, there will be tables set up throughout the hall displaying information and handouts on some of the services provided by the City of Ottawa (Revenue, Parks & Recreation, Police, Public Health, Fire Services, Roads, Para Transpo, etc.). There will also be some community organizations on hand to provide information on their services to the Ward 5 community. This will allow residents an opportunity to stop by each table to ask questions of staff and dialogue directly with them.

At 8pm, Revenue Department staff and I will be doing a brief presentation to attendees on the City of Ottawa Budget for 2016. There will be opportunity for residents to provide their input and suggestions to Revenue staff for their consideration as they prepare the 2016 Draft Budget
 
To prepare for the Budget portion of my Town Hall, I encourage residents to review the “Understanding Your Budget” section on the city’s website (ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/budget-and-taxes/understanding-your-budget). It includes Budget 101 information as well as a Budget Primer video presentation by City Treasurer Marian Simulik. This is great information that provides a good understanding of how Ottawa spends and how the annual City Budget it put together.
 
My Town Hall is a great opportunity to learn about the important services the City provides to Ward 5 residents, and will also allow you to have your say on Budget 2016 before the draft document is prepared. Hope to see many of you there!
 
The Carp Fair is Finally Here!
 
The 152nd Carp Fair is upon us and runs from September 24 to 27 at the Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd. – full event details can be found on carpfair.ca. Congratulations to the Carp Fair Board and all the dedicated employees and volunteers who work hard year-around to make this annual event the Best Little Fair in Canada!