New Sarnia council to prep for 2019 budget Monday

City of Sarnia 2019 draft budget. October 26, 2018 Photo by Melanie Irwin

Sarnia’s new city council dives into 2019 budget considerations Monday.

There are 11 delegations on the agenda that will provide budget input or make grant requests.

Mayor Mike Bradley says it’s important for the new group to tackle this.

“This is the meeting I postponed that was going to be held by the previous council and I didn’t think it was appropriate for that council — with such massive change for the public — to hear those delegations and better for the new council who will make the budget decisions to hear those delegations,” said Bradley.

Bradley expects it will be challenging for council, which has six new members.

“We have people coming to say that we shouldn’t be spending money and we have many more people coming to say you should be spending money in these particular areas.”

Mayor Bradley said there are some very worthy groups coming forward — like the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia-Lambton — which received $72,000 in funding this year.

“Back 10 or 15 years ago when this started, we were the most under serviced area in Ontario for physicians, and we’ve come a long way” he said. “But, we’re also aware of retirements coming forward and changes in how physicians are operating and I think it’s a really good investment for the community to continue to support this group.”

Council will make final decisions on grant requests during budget deliberations in January.