It appears the “new normal” of tighter budgets and demands for greater public sector transparency has arrived in the city of Kamloops, British Columbia. Located in the southern part of the province, this city of just under 100,000 people is facing calls from the public for more participation in the budget process.
The responses from some on the City Council to the Kamloops Voter Society’s request for a series of budget workshops this fall to look at not only the 2012 Budget, but also the following years (the city’s FY is calendar year) are typical of what we at the Davenport Institute see from American municipal leaders. On one side there are councillors (councilmen) who believe that they were elected to solve these problems, but there are others, like, Councillor Marg Spina who allows, “I think we’re into a different era now.”
The story is covered in the Kamloops Daily News.