Dryden chamber wants in on budget talks

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The Dryden District Chamber of Commerce is looking for more “transparency” from city councillors as they struggle to balance the 2014 municipal budget.
“If even deeper cuts are required than KPMG identified (in a service and operational review), it is time for the city to be open and inclusive in their deliberations,” chamber chairman James Cochrane said Thursday.
“The chamber participated in the KPMG public meetings, and has heard the opportunities presented in those public meetings. We are also aware that KPMG has identified many opportunities that have yet to be made public,” said Cochrane.
His comments refer to a statement released by the city last week in which city manager Andre Larabie said that a more aggressive recovery plan than originally presented by consultants KPMG will be required to meet budget targets.
The city is working on a restructuring and deficit recovery plan to address a $4-million deficit heading into the 2014 budgeting process.

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