If you have any thoughts about any aspect of the 2021 Budget, then this is your chance to have your say. Below, you will find the delegate instructions, and everything you need to make your voice heard for this very important decision in these very important times.
NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting via telephone, but you do have to register with the clerks office before 10 am on Friday November 20. You can also submit written delegations and correspondences for agenda items.
NOTE #2: The meeting will be closed to the public, though it will be live-streamed on the City of Guelph’s website here.
NOTE #3: No decisions will be made at this meeting. Council will only be hearing delegations.
If you would like to simply comment on either of the budgets, you can send them to the Clerk by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can use that same email address to let the Clerks know that you intend to delegate too, and you can even use it to send materials for a presentation (but attachments must be less than 20 MB, please). You can also call ahead by dialing 519-837-5603 or through TTY at 519-826-9771.
First, there will be no in-person delegations for obvious reasons. All delegations will happen remotely, and those delegating will be sent instructions from the clerks office about what they have to do to take part. Councillors will have access to presentation materials so they have the option of following along with the delegation.
If you’re delegating on behalf of a group or association, you’re asked to let the Clerks office know who you’re with, and that you only send one delegate to represent your group.
You can’t register multiple delegations, and you can’t register a delegation for someone else.
When you’re presenting, you get five minutes to make all the points you want to make, but there is the possibility that you could be asked follow-up questions by members of council, or the mayor.
When it comes to delegating, there are some “don’ts.” Don’t present statements or materials meant to generate publicity, don’t delegate on any litigation or potential litigation that’s presently before the court, and don’t be disrespectful to City employee, members of council, or people in the community.
The budget will be presented to city council at a special meeting on Tuesday at 9am. You can read the Politico preview of the meeting here.
Some city councillors will be hosting budget town halls, and they begin this week with Ward 2 on November 18, and will be followed by one from Ward 5 on November 21, and one from Ward 6 on November 24.