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Community input sought on B.C.'s budget

North Okanaganites can have their say on B.C.’s budget Thursday.

As part of Premier Clark’s commitment to open government, a public hearing about next year’s budget will be held in Vernon Thursday in the Schubert Centre banquet room from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MLA Douglas Horne, Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, is inviting interested taxpayers and stakeholders in Vernon to present their ideas on how to keep B.C.’s economy strong and what they want to see in B.C.’s budget.

The input the committee receives will help determine what is included in the 2013/14 budget.

“Our government wants to engage British Columbians and hear from them about what they want to see in their budget,” said Horne, MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.

“British Columbia has been able to weather the global fiscal uncertainty better than most, and our government is committed to balancing the budget and controlling spending. Statistics Canada reports B.C. leads the nation in job creation and I look forward to hearing from people on how we can continue this positive news.”

Including the stop in Vernon, the bipartisan committee will visit 19 communities across B.C. and conduct a further three video conference sessions.

In addition to attending and making a submission at the public hearing, residents, business operators and stakeholders can make written, audio or video submissions, and respond to an online survey through the committee’s website: www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations/index.asp.

Consultations will begin once the budget 2013 consultation paper is released by the Ministry of Finance.

To register for a public hearing, contact the Parliamentary Committees Office by calling toll-free 1-877-428-8337, or by emailing: FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca.

For more information on the work of the committee, including a list of committee members, visit the committee’s website at: www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations.

The deadline for public input is Oct. 18. The committee will release its report by Nov. 15.

 

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