Have your say on Peterborough’s 2022 budget

The Budget Roadshow brings citizens together to map the future 

Like most things this year, our annual city Budget Roadshow is going virtual with an optional phone-in opportunity too.  

Each year, city council considers community priorities, expected service levels, and legislated responsibilities as it sets the operating and capital budgets for the city of Peterborough.  

While that may sound a bit dry, it doesn’t have to be! 

Budget highlight books from 2019 to 2021 for the City of Peterborough
Having deliberated on, and passed three budgets, 2022 will be the last budget passed in this term of council.

The budget is also a road map to the future of Peterborough, and every year we stop and ask for directions. Input from citizens connects community priorities to a destination of success and prosperity. As we transition into a post-COVID-19 economy, it is more important than ever to hear your thoughts on what rebounding into the future means, and the path we should take to get there.

By participating in the Budget Roadshow, you ensure that the route to a healthy and resilient community is informed by citizens, and is enshrined in the annual budget. 

The journey begins with you, and your vision!  I will be joining the virtual Budget Roadshow on Wednesday, April 7th at 6 p.m.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Complete the community survey that’s i) available in hard copy and can be picked up at city hall at 500 George Street N., or ii) can be filled out online (available now) at: https://www.connectptbo.ca/2022budget

  2. Attend one of several online virtual drop-in sessions. Register at: https://www.connectptbo.ca/2022budget

Online meetings will be held on Wed. March 31, 2021 and Wed. April 7, 2021, both from 6 to 7 p.m. each date and Wed. April 21, 2021 from 7 to 8 p.m.  The community survey is open until April 22, 2021.

People attending the meeting online will be able to use the ‘raise hand’ feature and will be invited to share their comment/idea on community priorities. Attendees can also use the chat feature to type in a comment/idea if they don’t want to speak.

Anyone participating by phone will need to register to speak/share an idea/comment since callers will not be able to use the raise hand feature in the meeting.  If you are a registered caller, meeting organizers will ask you to unmute to share your comment.

Participants calling in will be asked to please keep their comments to 2 minutes or less.

One thought on “Have your say on Peterborough’s 2022 budget”

  1. On March 31, I took up the city’s annual invitation to “have my say” in setting the municipal Budget. This year, due to Covid-19, the usual in-person, meet-your-Councillor Ward gatherings are not possible so I went to the online site https://www.connectptbo.ca/2022budget.

    As we do on Zoom, I scrolled down the participant’s list looking for familiar names. OMG! Other than the ever-faithful Examiner reporter Joelle Kovach, I was the ONLY participant!

    Surely others were still logging in. There are a lot of voting age folk among Ptbo’s 80,000+ population.

    It was a lonely and weighty experience there all alone. It made me appreciate how Kim or other of our representatives feel when they are a lone voice for or against an issue there around the Council circle.

    How good it would have felt for them to see that we take their work seriously enough to show up now and then. And how most of us miss the opportunities offered to speak up.

    This first session online was mostly a good introduction to understanding the Budget. Many more ways are listed on the website https://www.connectptbo.ca/2022budget, a good opportunity to have your say when you can’t attend a Council meeting or talk to your Councillor in person. Very democratic. Big effort on the city staff who have to create these online ways to participate. I plan to attend more of these again – hope to have some company!

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