No public interest in village budget

Lumby council gave the 2015 financial plan bylaw second and third reading Monday

Lumby’s budget doesn’t have people talking.

Council gave the 2015 financial plan bylaw second and third reading Monday after a public consultation process was followed.

“There was zero feedback,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich.

“That tells me people are pretty happy with what we’re doing.”

The budget includes a one per cent municipal tax increase, which translates into an additional $8 for the average home.

“Jeremy (Sundin, director of finance) did a great job keeping taxes down and still putting money into reserves. It is less than the consumer price index.”

As part of the consultation process, the village made the budget available online and at the office. There was also a chance to provide feedback to council Feb. 2 and staff held two open houses Feb. 5 and 10.

“While efforts were taken to garner public input, no input was provided,” said Sundin in a report.

“This is consistent with prior years which for the most part also experienced little if any response to efforts to obtain public input.”

The 2015 budget may be adopted March 2.