You’ve got until the end of the day on Monday to give the City of Barrie a piece of your mind.
City Hall is accepting submissions to its Budget Allocator Tool until Monday night, allowing folks to give council an idea of how its felt the city’s money should be spent.
“It’s a really simple tool, it’s super intuitive,” says Scott Lamantia, Senior Communications Advisor with Access Barrie, “all they have to do is move a scroll up and down to increase or decrease spending on a number of services, and they get to see the impact that their decision would have.”
After submitting your proposed budget with all the changes you’d like to see, the information is passed on to city council as part of their budget deliberations. “We’ve definitely heard in past years it is something they look at,” adds Lamantia, “and they take it quite seriously, I think, when it comes to making their decisions. I think it’s important, and it only takes four minutes.”
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Looking at the hundreds of responses the city has received, Lamantia says there’s a clear focus among residents. “Increase in spending on roads is something that is important for people,” says Lamantia, “Roads and transit have been consistent over the past few years, and that seems to be the case this year.”
The information received so far shows:
- 40% of respondents to date would increase spending on roads by 5%
- 25% of respondents to date would increase spending on transit by 5%
- 32% of respondents to date would decrease spending on recreation by 5%
- 35% of respondents to date would decrease spending on parks & forestry by 5%
Feedback received before 11:59 on November 18th will be shared with council ahead of their budget deliberations.