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 2023 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.
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 2023: Inspiring Chatham-Kent.
The survey concludes with opportunity for residents to provide general comments. The survey results and public comments will be used by 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.
Brown 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 October 31st.
Citizens are also encouraged to bring budget concerns to their Councillors at any time through email or by phone.
On Wednesday January 11, 2022, Council will host its Budget Committee Opening Night Meeting beginning at 6 pm.
Community Consultation Meetings will be held as follows:
Wednesday, January 18 at noon.
Thursday, January 19 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 at 6 p.m. on January 25, 26 and 31 with contingency dates on February 1 and 2 if needed.