2019 City of Windsor Municipal Budget 101 – Public Meeting with Neighbourhood Renewal Groups and City Councillors
On Friday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM Windsorites will be gathering at Life After Fifty (635 McEwan Ave.) to get information and discuss the 2019 City of Windsor Budget with Councillors Costante, Bortolin, Holt, and Sleiman, and staff from the four United Way funded neighbourhood strategies: Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal (FCNR), Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative (DWCC), Our West End Neighbourhood Renewal (OWE), and The Initiative: Glengarry Neighbourhood Renewal (IGNR).
The draft budget has been released by administration and includes a proposed 3.3 percent increase, with 1.6 increase being given to Agencies, Boards, and Committees. According to organizers, the Mayor openly stated a goal to get to at or around a 2 percent increase (approximately inflation), the neighbourhood groups want to make sure that priorities that matter to residents are openly discussed and put forward.
This is the second year of active and coordinated advocacy around the City of Windsor’s budget from the neighbourhood groups. They have been examining the 2019 Budget to identify key issues they want to promote, advocate, or even eliminate. While on a tight timeline, neighbourhood staff havebeen hosting meetings,consulting with City Councillors, and getting the information to the residents, all for the purpose of advocating for the programs that are important to residents of Windsor. Drawing on momentum from last year’s successful efforts to raise the profile of issues in the budget, coordinators and organizations have been working diligently to prepare residents for being a successful advocate, as well as provide basic but sometimes overlooked information about time, date and location of delegations, submissions, or deadlines.
Key Issues identified Include:
· Residential Bulk Item Pick-Up-Reduction from $10 voucher to fully paid for by the City of Windsor
· Minor Alley Maintenance Program and Alley Closing Subsidy Program
· Increase in Outreach Workers (increase from one temporary full-time to 2 permanent full-time positions)
· Parks Investments (Parks Playground Inspection Program, Parks Asset Collection, Neighbourhood Parks Initiative, as well as Community Parks Initiative)
· Traffic Calming Initiatives (Addition of an Operations of Analyst Transportation Engineer)
Information about 2019 Municipal Budget 101 Public Meeting:
Life After Fifty – 635 McEwan Ave.
Friday, March 22nd 2019 from 7-9pm
Hosted by 4 neighbourhood groups: Our West End (OWE), Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative (DWCC), The Initiative: Glengarry Neighbourhood Renewal (IGNR), Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal (FCNR)