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City Hall has proposed a $3.2B budget for this year which may not be realised without the intervention of Government.City Mayor Hamilton Green revealed yesterday that the municipality is hoping to get urgent help from Central Government as it relates to expanding the municipality’s revenue base.In this regard,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, a public forum has been planned by the entity’s Implementation Committee for tomorrow. This meeting, according to the Mayor, is designed to solicit comments and recommendations from various stakeholders including Government Ministers and members of the business community.“We are asking Government to underwrite our request for an increase in the revenue base because, as it is, we cannot close the gap…We need new sources of revenue,” the Mayor stressed.After bouts of consultation the budget was approved, but according to reports, it has not been deemed realistic enough to allow for its presentation, hence the need for stakeholders’ support.The preparation of the budget was characterised by Councillors attempting to strike a balance between the anticipated revenue and the provision of services and facilities to citizens and their local communities. During the latter part of last month there were several special meetings to allow for the consideration of estimates of revenue and expenditures for this year.At that session municipal officers were given the opportunity to justify amounts they budgeted for various proposed programmes, activities and events, according to Public Relations Officer, Royston King.He said that Councillors, at that forum, were permitted to raise questions of information and/or clarification on different aspects of the specific and general operation of departments. Generally, the session was characterised by in-depth probing by Councillors, understanding of council’s precarious financial position and the quality of services available to citizens, King disclosed.It was expected that the budget would have been presented soon after.Last year Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the municipality’s Finance Committee, Robert Williams, was tasked with presenting a budget valued at $3.5B. He had disclosed then that the budget,Cheap Jerseys Online, which represented a 50 percent increase over the previous year, was expected to work towards benefiting the city and by extension, the citizenry.He had pointed out then, too, that the increase came not as a result of more spending or a significantly expanded programme, but rather through efforts by the council to take into account,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, for the first time, all of the resources available in cash and kind.“It is the council’s belief that the annual budget is more than a mere balance sheet of revenue versus expenditure. It is more than an exercise to balance the books and to ensure that the current amount of money is directed towards the correct service areas.”According to Williams,NFL Jerseys China, in a city such as Georgetown with its tremendous developmental challenges and continued disparities between different local communities,Cheap Buffalo Bills Jerseys, the budget is seen as a policy instrument which will help to efficiently and effectively manage the resources in the quest to transform the current state of the city.And this move, he had anticipated,Cheap Jerseys, would have served to help realise the municipal’s vision statement which states that “the vision of the Georgetown Municipality is to obtain a garden city with a clean and healthy environment that is well zoned with heritage sites, and monuments that are maintained and enhanced, and where cultural diversity is preserved and expressed through collaboration with citizens under efficient, dynamic and focused management and leadership and with a qualified and motivated workforce, and to foster an environment conducive to business and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.”Williams had noted that the council intended to focus on improving the current revenue-garnering mechanisms, which is a natural extension of efforts made in 2009 to enhance the management of the city’s financial resources and reduce wastage.Williams also asserted that it the belief of the Council that some financial management systems are crucial to establishing credibility, accountability and transparency.
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