Members of the public get their chance today to tell city hall how they feel about the 2014 budget.
The agenda for this morning’s executive policy committee (EPC) includes presentations from 39 individuals, representing a variety of community and industry groups, labour and the arts, and five councillors who are not members of EPC.
Only a handful of these individuals had appeared at the reviews conducted by the civic committees over the past two weeks.
But EPC is where the real power lies on council -- EPC consists of Mayor Sam Katz and six councillors, most of them committee chairmen. They drafted the operating and capital budgets and any chances of changing the proposed budgets will need EPC support.
With seven secure votes, Katz can usually find at least two other councillors to get a majority on the 16-member council.
On Friday, EPC will consider the recommendations on the budget from the standing committees.
EPC’s final recommendation will be presented to a special meeting of council next week, Dec. 17, where the budgets will be finalized.
Normally EPC meetings in a committee room but with the large number of presenters, today’s meeting is being held in council chambers.