Advisory committee structure could pass under city scrutiny

Justin Crann
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The City of Moose Jaw's advisory committees may see some changes.

Deb Higgins

"The process has become a little blurred over the last while, about whether they have a budget and how much money they have under their control," Mayor Deb Higgins told the Times-Herald Wednesday.

"Yes, they need an operating budget to hold their monthly meetings, but why do they need another budget attached to it?"

That question arose from budget discussions during the two full-day budget committee meetings this past Friday and Saturday.

In those meetings, the structure and mandate of the city's advisory committees was brought up for consideration and the committee ultimately voted to reduce operational funding for all committees — with the exception of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)— to $1,000.

The YAC was exempt because it had already received a funding adjustment.

While none of those decisions are final and they will all come before budget committee again in a final budget meeting before going before council in the new year, Higgins said she thinks a closer look at advisory committees is likely to occur.

"There should be an approval process in place. The funds are not under their control, they're under the control of council and city administration," she said. "I think we've clarified a lot of those processes and how they need to work, but for sure … there was discussion about reviewing the mandates of advisory committees."

The review would be part of a greater process the city intends to undergo with many of its policies and bylaws, Higgins suggested.

"If you want to be progressive and see continued growth, you need to make sure your bylaws are up-to-date and your policies are relevant," she said. "I ran across one of them the other day and it was typewritten. So it's been a while since we've done this."

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