CK Launching 2022 Online Budget Survey

Chatham-Kent officials have launched this year’s online survey designed to gather public input on where and how their property tax dollars are spent.

At Let's Talk Chatham-Kent residents can have their say on the 2022 Chatham-Kent budget through a survey that allows them to express their thoughts on what services they deem important and whether spending should be increased or decreased.

Councillor Brock McGregor, chair of the 2022 budget committee said he would like to see the municipality build on the success of last year when more than 1,300 people took the survey.

“COVID prevented us from holding in-person sessions in various communities but the 1,300 plus people who took the survey online was a far greater number than had attended the in-person sessions,” he said.

The survey is comprised of a number of wide-ranging questions.  Throughout the survey, participants are asked to provide as much information as they like.

This year’s budget process is entitled Budget 2022: Our Community, Our Future.

“Our budget goal is really reflected in the name of the process,” McGregor said. “We want the community to look at the issue of spending through the lens of what kind of community  they want Chatham-Kent to become.”

The survey concludes with an opportunity for residents to provide general comments. The survey results and public comments will be used by the administration in the development of the budget and will be provided to Chatham-Kent Council prior to deliberations.

Steve Brown, Chatham-Kent’s Director of Budget & Performance Services, said the online survey gives residents the opportunity to provide input at their convenience.

McGregor said completing the survey doesn’t preclude residents from voicing their opinions later as well. “The more information we have and the earlier we have it, the better we can understand the needs of the community,” he said.

The online survey will be open until November 12.

Citizens are also encouraged to bring budget concerns to their Councillors at any time through email or by phone. To find the contact information for Councillors, visit our Councillors by Ward page.

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Council will host its online Budget Committee Opening Night Meeting beginning at 6 pm.

Community Consultation Meetings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, January 19 at noon.

Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m.

Details on how the public will access the meetings will be provided once the format is finalized.

Budget Committee Deliberations will be held online beginning at 6 p.m. January 26.

For more information, contact:

Steve Brown
Director of Budget & Performance Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3100

Councillor Brock McGregor
Budget Committee Chair
Municipality of Chatham-Kent