Cornwall budget committee work starts

In this Feb. 2, 2016 photo, a reporter thumbs through a copy of the 2016 budget for the City of Cornwall. The first of two budget committees meets Feb. 3, 2016 to start the budget process. (Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – The city’s budget committee meets today (Wednesday) for the first of three days scheduled this week.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at city hall where the five member committee is expected to pick a chairman. For the 2015 budget process, it was Coun. Bernadette Clement.

CFO Maureen Adams is then going to go over the city’s operating budget.

The cost of running the city is forecast to increase $1.1 million to $59.3 million.

Adams will also give an update on taxation and the different tax classes.

The budget committee is coming into the process with a projected 1.95 per cent municipal tax increase or an extra $45 a year based on a property valued at $159,539.

Adams is also expected to share some more comprehensive data looking at the city’s 14,370 residential properties.

The committee members are Bernadette Clement, Elaine MacDonald, Mark MacDonald, Claude McIntosh and Justin Towndale.

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Meanwhile, the community agencies review committee won’t meet until next week.

Committee members will elect a chairman and then have rapid-fire-like five minute presentations from outside agencies over the course of three hours.

Denis Carr, Maurice Dupelle, Carilyne Hebert, David Murphy and Andre Rivette are on the community agencies review committee.

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at city hall.