LETHBRIDGE: Improving finances has been a high profile topic through this year's elections, but some councillors say they're concerned they might be dropping the ball on the issue.
The city council finance committee has held only one regular meeting since the October election, plus an orientation meeting. Alderman Faron Ellis says postponement and delay is having a negative effect on big financial decisions. The issue of budget cuts, for example, was put forward to the next finance meeting. But that meeting was yet to be pinned to a firm date in March at the time of council's vote Tuesday. Ellis says he's not confident the job cuts issue will be dealt with in a timely matter.
"We've had two finance meetings this month postponed and we're now a month behind where we're supposed to be," said Ellis. "There are requests for information that went to the city treasurer going back to early January that we were supposed to be receiving on February 14th. That didn't happen. And then we were going to get them on February 28th, and that didn't happen."
Alderman Bridget Mearns agrees they haven't been doing enough to get the meetings going.
"That does concern me," she told Country 95 News after Tuesday's council meeting, saying she'd like to suggest council change the meeting day. "Maybe we meet on Tuesday, maybe we meet sometime during the week. But I think that part of the work is really important and we can't keep putting it off."
The finance committee is supposed to meet every other week on Mondays when there isn't a full council meeting, but they've been pushed back because of absences or other meetings booked the same day.
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 12/5/2013 3:22:49 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News