Chamber of Commerce wants adequate time to offer input, expertise into budgeting process

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - The Truro and District Chamber of Commerce wants to be given adequate time to offer its input in the town's budgeting process.
The largest business group in the region asked the town if its board of directors be consulted directly during future budget deliberations. The chamber said with about $10 million being collected from the business community in the next year the business community should be represented at the table.
"We are not asking to write the town's budget," president Jim Lorraine wrote in a letter to council dated May 6 and addressed at yesterday's council meeting.
"We are asking that the business community be given adequate time to offer input and expertise as the town plans for its future."
Coun. Charles Cox said he doesn't dispute the chamber is an extensive organization and has a keen interest in business development.
"I don't believe we can tie ourselves down administratively by ensuring they have proper notice ... of our upcoming budgetary deliberations," he said.
"We have enough red tape to get through on our own without increasing it."
Mayor Bill Mills said the town's budget deliberations are public sessions. Coun. Sharron Byers said in the spirit of co-operation the town should send the chamber the dates of the sessions.
Councillors agreed but Cox said the chamber should be made aware the agendas are subject to change.

Organizations: Truro and District Chamber of Commerce

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