The City of Fort St. John has released the 2009 Budget meeting schedule for the month of March.

Following the 2008 budget there were many concerns the process wasn’t transparent enough, so the City has released a schedule of when all the budget meetings will be held for 2009.

City Manager Diane Hunter says the process is the same as last year but they are trying to make it more public. [asset|aid=646|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5e109737ff548bc2be4f9259d0484c2a-Diane – Public Process_1_Pub.mp3]

Here is the schedule for March of 2009

Monday March 2nd – 3pm – Operating/Utility Budget Meeting – Council Chambers City Hall

Monday March 9th – 1pm – Dr. Hamilton’s Tax Policy Review Report – Council Chambers City Hall

Wednesday March 11th – 7pm – Public Meeting – Lido Theatre

Monday March 16th – 3pm – Finalize Operating/Utility Budget – Council Chambers City Hall

Tentatively Scheduled meeting on Mon March 23rd or Thurs March 26th – 3pm – Meeting to establish 2009 Tax Rate

Although these meetings are not open for discussion, the City and Council hope this will allow the public see how Council puts together the budget.  Once the budget is complete they will hold an open house to discuss the budget.

For more information about all the meetings, including meeting minutes and agenda packages visit