What you need to know if you want to share your thoughts on the City's finances with the Budget Committee.
If you’ve got a burning desire to depute at an upcoming Budget Committee meeting about the 2012 capital and operating budgets, take note. The meeting to hear public deputations, which was originally scheduled for December 8, has been moved to December 7 at 9:30 a.m. Budget Committee chair Mike Del Grande has told the City Clerk that he wants a few procedural motions in place, which means that participating in the meeting will take a bit more planning than usual. Here’s what you need to know:
- Deputants have to register by 4 p.m. on December 6 (usually registration is allowed up to when the meeting starts).
- No overnighter this time around.
- The meeting will end at 9:30 p.m. on December 7 and, if necessary, will resume at 9:30 a.m. on December 8 and must end by 9:30 p.m. that night. If you’re counting, that’s 24 hours of deputations.
- Del Grande noted during Monday’s budget launch that it may be that the committee runs out of time, over those two days, before all registered deputants have had time to speak. No extra time will be accorded, after December 8. Instead, any deputants who are registered but do not get to speak will be invited to submit their thoughts in writing.
- To make the most of those 24 hours, he’s leaving the door open for a motion that would reduce deputants’ and council members’ speaking and question times. Del Grande will make these motions at the start of the meeting, to be voted on by all the Budget Committee members present.
There are two ways to request to speak. You can call or email the Budget Committee secretarial contact, Merle MacDonald, at [email protected] or 416-392-7340, or, once the meeting’s agenda is posted, you can click the “Request to Speak” button that will appear at the top of the page for each specific agenda item, which will let you send a message to request to speak about that item.