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B.C.’s finance committee meeting in Prince George to talk 2020 budget

Provincial politicians want to hear local residents’ comments, concerns next month
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(via The Canadian Press)

Got something to say about how the B.C. government spends its money?

The province's finance committee will be in Prince George on June 18 for consultations on the 2020 budget, one of five northern B.C. stops during the 11-day tour.

"Every year, the committee hears diverse perspectives and suggestions on a number of topics," says Committee Chair and Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D'Eith in a news release. "Moving the consultation to June will allow for more time to review and consider this input and the recommendations put forward by the committee."

Residents can give their input by speaking with the committee in-person or via teleconference at the meeting, which will take place at the Prince George Civic Centre from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You also have the option to file a written submission or complete an online survey.

“There are many opportunities and ways to participate,” adds deputy chair and Penticton MLA Dan Ashton. “We encourage all British Columbians to take part and share their views on the issues affecting their families and communities.”

Registration opens this Monday (May 27) at 9 a.m.

Friday, June 28 is the deadline for all input on the 2020 budget and the committee plans to release its findings by late July or early August.

The other northern communities slated for in-person consultations are Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Fort St. John, and Quesnel.

More information is available on the B.C. Legislature’s website.

- with files from Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News




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