Video: Residents can see how Mississauga is going to spend their money
Published January 9, 2023 at 1:56 pm
Mississauga residents who want to take part in a public budget information session and have their say on how City officials spend their money can do so tomorrow night (Jan. 10).
City of Mississauga officials say those who want to participate in the online session that deals with the proposed 2023 budget for Canada’s seventh-largest city can still register today (Jan. 9).
Additionally, City officials posted to social media today a “budget basics” video as well as a link to Mississauga’s proposed financial plan for the coming year.
REMINDER: It’s not too late to register for tomorrow night’s Budget Engagement Session.
View the proposed 2023 budget: https://t.co/mMY7PLL0bV
Watch our Budget Basics Video ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/qGiMtTX6Cj
— City of Mississauga (@citymississauga) January 9, 2023
Also, a number of Mississauga residents were chosen at random to sit down, virtually, with City number crunchers at the Tuesday evening budget session.
In advance of its annual Mississauga-wide Budget Engagement Session, the City contacted some residents to provide them the opportunity to participate more directly in the budget process.
“At random, select Mississauga residents will receive a phone call in advance of the session with an invitation to participate,” the City said in a news release last week. “They will receive a second phone call just before the session begins. The callout is to ensure as many residents as possible have an opportunity to participate. Anyone who gets a call and does not wish to participate can hang up.”
During the virtual session, which runs Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., residents will hear from Mayor Bonnie Crombie, members of council and senior City staff about budget priorities, programs and services. Residents will then have the chance to ask budget-related questions of City officials.
“The 2023 budget focuses on an investment in the City’s infrastructure, including transit, roads and emergency services,” City officials say. “Mississauga remains committed to advancing public safety (building more fire stations, for example), progressing on climate change commitments (lower greenhouse gas emissions) and continues to implement Vision Zero actions, such as the expansion of Automated Speed Enforcement (measures).”
The City has minimized tax-funded new initiatives to manage inflation, supply chain disruptions and other pandemic-related expenses, which have been putting pressure on the City and its residents, Mississauga officials add.
Residents who want to participate in the budget session, either online or by telephone, are asked to register before the end of today (Jan. 9) by visiting the City’s website for more information or using the link provided in the City tweet above.
For those interested in just tuning in, the session will also be live streamed to the City’s website.
The next City budget committee meeting is scheduled for Jan. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers. It’s open to the public.