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Province-wide budget consultations coming to Cranbrook

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services announced today its plans for conducting province-wide budget consultations. Public hearings will begin on September 15, 2011 once the Budget 2012 Consultation Paper has been received by the all-party Committee.

“We encourage interested individuals and organizations to take part in this important process,” said Committee Chair Rob Howard. “The budget consultations provide an excellent opportunity for the public to express their views regarding next year’s provincial budget.”

This year’s consultation process will include public hearings in 13 communities, and two videoconference hearings covering an additional eight locations.

The public is invited to attend the hearings or participate by sending a written submission, responding to the online survey, or submitting an audio or video file.

“We look forward to hearing the opinions and priorities of British Columbians for next year’s provincial budget,” said Deputy Chair Doug Donaldson.

Hearings will be in Cranbrook on October 12 by video conference.

To register, please contact committee staff by phone, 1-877-428-8337, or by e-mail: FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca.

For more information on the budget consultation process, please visit the Committee’s website at www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations.

The deadline for public input is Friday, October 14, and the Committee will release its report by Tuesday, November 15.

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