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Kingston residents encouraged to provide input on city budget

Kingston City Hall

The City of Kingston would like to hear from residents about budget priorities, as part of its open budget engagement process.

“Budgeting is all about setting priorities. When developing the budget, the City needs to balance competing priorities while continuing to provide quality municipal services and keeping taxes affordable. This survey is a chance for you to weigh in to help influence the allocation of resources and to inform future planning and budget development,” says Desiree Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer. 

The 11-question survey, can be found at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca. The survey is an an opportunity to provide input in five different areas: Services and Programs, Pandemic-related Impacts, User Fees, Operational Efficiencies, and General Feedback. The deadline for input is 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

The city invites residents to attend a virtual (Zoom) Open House

Learn more about the City’s budgets and how spending and financing decisions are made at the two upcoming virtual (Zoom) open houses listed below:

  • 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
  • 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Sign-up to attend the open houses at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca.

The City launched this ongoing budget engagement initiative last month in order to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about the City’s finances, to provide input on service levels and priorities and to influence the budget development process, according to a release dated Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

For more detail on Council’s priorities see Kingston’s 2019-22 Strategic Plan.

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