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Sep. 25, 2020 | Friday
Editorials and Opinions
Letter: Let’s have more transparency on municipal expenses
Letter

Dear editor:

Our lord mayor and council continue to express to the residents of  NOTL the need for more transparency.

Best budget practices start with “cost control guidelines” and subsequent “stringent monitoring,” supported by regularly scheduled budget performance review meetings.

Therefore will our council be willing to release, in the interest of transparency, via our community’s print media, the following 2020 budget information?

The top 10 expense items and year-over-year changes (increases or decreases) stated as a percentage change.

The top five discretionary expense items also stated as per the above.

Let’s see how transparency works in practice.

The residents are entitled to know how we are controlling our expense costs, not just seeking avenues or vehicles to increase revenues, typically via increased taxes.

Samuel Young

NOTL

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