How can council debate and approve a budget that is set to begin in 2019 so late in 2018? Is Administration backing elected officials into a corner?
Administration recognizes that there is a significant amount of information that Council is asked to work through when deliberating a budget. The process and timing for the release of the information and deliberation of the budget is done with Council's approval.
Early in the year, Administration does engage Council in initial conversations on the budget and most of the items that appear in the budget are initiatives or services that Council has had discussions concerning throughout the year.
Ultimately, if more time is required to discuss and deliberate the budget Council has the ability to pass an interim budget before December 31. This then provides an opportunity to continue to the deliberation on the 2019-2022 budgets into the early part of 2019.
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