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Low turnout at Grand Falls-Windsor public budget consultation

Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel addresses the small number of residents who attended the town’s public budget consultation session at the Exploits Nordic Ski Club on Nov. 6.
Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel addresses the small number of residents who attended the town’s public budget consultation session at the Exploits Nordic Ski Club on Nov. 6. - Nicholas Mercer

Grand Falls-Windsor kicked off its 2019 budget season with a sparsely attended public consultation session on Nov. 7. 

Held at the Exploits Nordic Ski Club, just six residents of the central Newfoundland community showed up to give their input on where the town should look to divert funds over the next year. 

Those in attendance were asked to answer four questions covering revenue streams the town could be accessing, and what services they were pleased with and ones needing improvement.

 The residents were also asked where economic development funds could be spent effectively and where council spending should be directed in the next five years. 

Answers were varied. Some wanted the town to focus on social projects, waste reduction, snow clearing and a renewed focus on economic development going forward. 

Apart from giving their opinions to the questions posed, the session also gave residents the chance to interact with the majority of their town council and a small number of council employees. 

Grand Falls-Windsor will use the input to help guide budget decisions heading into 2020. 

While the town hasn’t set a firm date to adopt its budget for the new year, it has indicated it will drop at a meeting in December. 

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