The study of the 2022 budget of the City of Gatineau and its adoption are postponed until January. This is the very first time that the Municipality has made such a decision.
The executive committee recommended a postponement and the elected officials, gathered on Tuesday for a very first preparatory caucus since the municipal election of November 7, almost all voted in favor.
The budget study will therefore take place from January 10 to 14. The adoption is then scheduled for January 31.
I am proud that people have dared, for the first time in Gatineau, to give themselves the flexibility to think together about a budget so that it is a budget that looks like all the members of the council, but which also looks like each of the members of the board. citizens we met during the campaign», Declared Mayor France Bélisle. The latter chairs the executive committee.
Councilor Olive Kamanyana, who sits on the committee, agreed. I want to make sure that we take ownership of all the work to be done over the next few years“, did she say.
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Postponing the adoption of the next budget will result in losses of investment income and fees estimated at $ 650,000. In addition, the fact that the rate hike for the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will not come into effect, as expected, will have a financial impact estimated at $ 75,000.
Ms. Bélisle acknowledged that there will be a short-term cost, but she argued that this will represent a longer-term gain for Gatineau residents.
The Cities and Towns Act allows to postpone the adoption of a budget during an election year, underlined the mayoress.
The latter had also mentioned the possibility of taking this avenue during an election campaign.
With information from Nathalie Tremblay