Grey County Has a New Committee for Year-Round Budget Review & Discussion
Committee consisting of Warden, four county councilors, and four staff members will meet at least five times per year to promote frequent and early discussions on municipal budget planning.
The County of Grey intends to build greater scrutiny and earlier input into its budgeting process with the launch of a new committee that will meet to review financial documents and make recommendations year-round.
In its December 14 meeting, Grey County Council approved the formation of a Budget and Finance Committee. It’s part of the plan to support the County’s transition to multi-year budgeting.
According to CAO Kim Wingrove’s report, the committee's role is to assist, advise and make recommendations to Council “regarding the fulfillment of Council’s oversight responsibility relative to financial reporting, key financial policies, and asset management.”
“The Grey County municipal budget is becoming increasingly complex and would benefit from a smaller-sized committee that could provide input early in the process,” she added.
Key responsibilities of the Committee include:
review of the preparation of the multi-year operating and capital budget processes,
reviewing budget documents prior to presentation to Council,
and review of periodic budget and other financial reports.
The committee will consist of the Warden and four members of council. For the committee’s first term, Warden Milne will be joined by Councillors Greig, Nielsen, Eccles, and Mackey.
Four staff members round out the committee. Those are the Chief Administrative Officer, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Treasurer/Director of Finance, and Deputy Treasurer.
There are no public appointments on the committee. However, the public can request to speak to the Council through the County Clerk’s department. Clerks can help determine whether the request is better suited for a full meeting of Council, or a subcommittee.
The committee agenda will be publicly accessible on Grey.ca, and meetings will be open to the public. The Budget and Finance Committee will meet at least five times a year and have the option to meet more frequently, at the discretion of the Chair.
Wingrove’s report notes that “Some jurisdictions are moving towards multi-year budgeting in order to promote municipalities thinking strategically and farther into the future.”
In addition, she wrote, “Fiscal responsibility is at the forefront of Grey County’s strategic objectives and a budget and finance committee would promote frequent and early discussions on municipal budget planning.”
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