We have $1.6 million.
This year and every year.
Councillor McHattie has established a Ward 1 Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC) to advise him on how Area Rating Dollars should be spent in Ward 1.
Area rating is the method used to assign specific program costs to different areas within the City for the purposes of taxation. In April of 2011, Council approved the transition to an “urban/rural” model of taxation for the area rated services.
As a result of these changes, an Area Rating Special Capital Re-Investment Reserve has been set up for Wards 1 to 8 (the former City of Hamilton). The purpose of this reserve is to aid in addressing the required infrastructure investments within the former City of Hamilton. Ward Councillors are being asked to identify infrastructure priorities within their wards.
Councillor McHattie is involving the community to help identify these priorities through a process known as “Participatory Budgeting”. First developed in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Participatory Budgeting directly involves the community in making decisions on the spending priorities for a defined public budget.
The Ward 1 Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee (PBAC) is made up of twenty (20) members. The committee will be working on soliciting ideas from the community and will help identify the priorities of Ward 1 residents.
John Romano is one of the KNA executive members sitting on Brian McHattie’s new committee helping to decide how Ward 1 will spend the extra money it will be receiving. This is all explained at the website below. Please be in touch with John if you have ideas or questions for him, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Locke Street Farmers’ Market – new time and location
Saturdays from 10am-2pm
Opening June 9, 2012 through October
Corner of Locke and Herkimer (Locke St Tire & Auto lot)
Featuring local farmers’ and producers of fruits, vegetables, breads, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, preserves and even dog treats.
Contact email@example.com, visit lsfm.wordpress.com, call (905) 648-9608 or follow us @LockeStFarmersM or on Facebook to find out more.
Taste of Locke
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Starting at the Locke Street Farmers’ Market (corner of Herkimer and Locke)
The Locke Street Farmers’ Market and eight Locke Street eateries (including: Earth to Table Bread Bar, NaRoma Pizza Bar, West Town Bar & Grill, Il Fiasco, Cheese Shoppe on Locke, Bitten, Forrats Chocolates, and The Courtyard) are putting on the second annual Taste of Locke.
The Locke Street eateries will be preparing delicious samples made with local ingredients grown by farmers’ market vendors. Start your day at the Locke Street Farmers’ Market (the northeast corner of Locke and Herkimer) and then taste your way down Locke Street.
Tickets are $15 and include five tasty samples. They are available at the event or in advance at Earth to Table Bread Bar (258 Locke St S) and Cheese Shoppe on Locke (190 Locke St S) or during the June 9th Farmers’ Market. Proceeds support the Locke Street Farmers’ Market marketing and community events