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Public input sessions on budget continue tonight with public works and utilities

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January 29, 2013 - 1:59 PM

Kamloops residents will have another opportunity to have a say in the Kamloops' 2013 financial budget this evening from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Interior Savings Centre.

In the second of three public input sessions held by the city, the public works and utilities department will be on the table.

This department's jurisdiction includes road maintenance as well as water, drainage and wastewater systems. It is also responsible for several daily operations including trash and recycling collection, street cleaning and facility maintenance.

The evening will begin with a presentation regarding the department's operating and capital budgets as well as service levels.

This evening presentations can be accessed here.

The public input sessions enable council to better understand community interests, concerns, and ideas and may affect future decisions by council regarding the budget.

For those who prefer to take part in the meeting from the comfort of their own home, a live broadcast is available online including a live chartroom. The City encourages an online conversation held via Twitter using the hashtag: #kamloopsbudget.

Mayor Peter Milobar said in a press release that, "the new online presence garnered positive comments from media, citizens and other municipalities."

He specified that the objective of the social media component of the budget was to create awareness about the process and engage a younger and more diverse audience.

"The first budget meeting proved to be a good start," he said in the release.

The final public meeting will be held on Feb. 5 regarding corporate services and community safety as well as development and engineering services.

Final deliberations regarding the public input sessions will take place on April 9 at 9 a.m. in council chambers to determine the final tax rate for 2013.

— Jessica Wallace

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