The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine’s board meeting tonight will consider its five-year financial plan.
The Finance Committee will hold a special session beginning at 5pm tonight to review the budget.
But there are some complaints that the regional district isn’t making the budget accessible.
Doug Mcleod is a former director at the regional district, and he says while they’ve followed the letter of the law in regards to public accessibility and consultation, they’re not following the spirit of the law by not providing meaningful consultation.
Mcleod says the public is indifferent to the budget because most people don’t have the time or financial background to understand the budget statements.
He says if the regional district provided a jargon-free, plain English version of what’s in the budget, it would garner more public interest and participation.
Stacey Tyers is the chair of the board, and responded in an written statement saying that the staff does a very good job of answering questions on a very complex system of taxation.
She says they do their best to engage, consult and provide what information they can, and are always willing to hear constructive feedback on how they can do it better.