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Ottawa’s new city council gets a crash course in Budget 101

The importance of understanding and working within a budget was the bottom line Wednesday for Ottawa’s newest city councillors.

Budget 101 was the topic of discussion as councillor boot camp continued at Ottawa city hall.

“My initial impression is that our city treasurer did a great job of giving us an A-Z version of how the budget works,” said Keith Egli, the newly elected councillor for Knoxdale-Merivale.

“Today’s budget talks are important and essential, because we have to have one ready for April.”

Councillors around the table voiced their opinion about any proposed budget increases under mayor-elect Jim Watson.

“I certainly want to see a lot more accountability from staff at budget time and a real defence of the expenses that they may want to incur on behalf of the city taxpayer,” said Egli.

Fellow rookie councillor-elect Steve Blais already has experience working with large budgets as the Catholic school trustee for Orleans and Cumberland.

“We can always make improvements and there are some options in terms of a balanced score card or multi-year budgeting which may be something we can look at in the future,” said Blais, the new councillor for Cumberland ward.

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