An avenue of budget solutions

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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The most important part of any problem isn’t the issue itself, but rather the solution.

Coun. Heather Eby and Coun. Dawn Luhning are pictured at the Jan. 13, 2014 budget committee meeting at city hall.

Sometimes it’s a lot easier to complain about something than it is to come up with a viable solution. Or sometimes we just aren’t in a position to give our possible solutions. Looking at our roads and crumbling infrastructure, the complaining is the easy part.

For the first time this year, we might be able to play around with the city budgets to give and take. We can provide our solutions as suggestions to council. This idea was brought forward at Monday’s executive committee meeting.

This initiative is one that everybody should take advantage of, should it come to pass. If we think more money should go to fixing cast iron water mains, for instance, we can adjust that by taking away some funding to something we think doesn’t need as much.

Of course our solutions won’t all see fruition. The decision still rests in council’s hands.

However, we can and should register our opinions. It’s always said there is strength in numbers and it’s true. We elected these officials to make decisions on our behalf. Our opinions need to be heard.

We don’t know exactly how the citizen budget option will work. It’s impossible to say unless we’ve used it before. Presumably, it will be an easy option to use, given that other communities have responded positively to it, according to our director of financial services Brian Acker.

There are a lot of complaints. Take a drive down Henry Street or many others and it’s easy to see why.

If this idea is initiated and we don’t participate, we have less reason to complain. This is an avenue to play a game of give and take and a chance for our elected officials to see what we would do if we could.

This process will only work if we give our input and our councillors take that into serious consideration when making the tough calls.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Henry Street

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