If I knew my tax dollars were being spent responsibly, I wouldn't mind paying them. It's a sentiment often shared by taxpayers; and people in the Drumheller Valley have a chance to see for themselves before town council passes the 2018 Capital Budget in March.
Following a special meeting of council on Monday, February 26 it was decided to host a public open house on the Capital Budget.
"It's obviously a lot of our first budget and it is very complex and there is a lot to do," explained Mayor Heather Colberg. "Each one of us has spent 20-plus hours working on it and I want people to understand it is very in depth and detailed, and we've come up with some great things to go forward with the community."
"As we've all stated, we want to be more open and transparent, so we want to just be able to meet with the public and explain to them why we've made the decisions we have, and we're just going to answer the questions that people have of us."
Town councillors and administrators will be at the Badlands Community Facility on Monday, March 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to allow people to examine the Capital Budget that they hope to pass the following Monday, March 19.
"Before I became a mayor, I didn't realize all of the intricate details ," confessed Colberg. "I obviously come from business and realize there's a lot more behind the scenes, but there is a lot to running the town and I'm really proud of this administration; they've really helped us get to the bottom of some of this stuff we're looking for."