Low turnout at Finance Committee meeting

Photo: Doug Boyd and Linda Sewell of the School District 60 Board present to Finance Committee members at a September 17th consultation meeting – Johanna Henderson/Energeticcity.ca

Members of a provincial Finance Committee faced a small turnout this morning (September 17th) at their Budget Consultation Meeting in Fort St. John. The city was just one stop on the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ tour of municipalities in the province, which will continue until October 13th.

The consultations allow communities to present their concerns and interests regarding provincial funding to the committee. Only three groups from the local area brought presentations to the committee, causing the conference to end at approximately 10:00 AM, two hours before its scheduled end time. In contrast, the committee’s stop this afternoon in Prince George had to be extended due to the number of presenters.

Jean Leahy of Save our Northern Seniors, one of the groups that presented to the committee, said she was disappointed with the turnout, but felt the event could have been better promoted. [asset|aid=262|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Jean Leahy – Turnout_1_Pub.mp3]

After the committee completes its tour, it will produce a report outlining the information gathered. That report will be presented to the legislature as they determine their budget for next year.

The committee is still accepting submissions from the public until October 24th. For more information, visit www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations.