Nenshi’s budget

- October 26th, 2011

The selection process for Calgary city council committees isn’t the most scintillating of subjects, but in advance of the fall budget talks, one move speaks volumes.

Two committees are being amalgamated and the Mayor Naheed Nenshi is taking the reins. This will either prove to be a very shrewd move on his part or make him a direct target if the budget displeases Calgarians.

From the story:

But the mayor said he wants to make sure he has direct oversight of critical and financial matters.

“The most important thing that city council does financially is crafting the budget, every three years and then review it every year,” he said.

The chair of the finance committee has been erroneously called in the past the “budget guy” or the “budget czar,” said Nenshi.

The mayor said work on preparing budget takes place mostly around council and his office and not on finance committee.

For people curious how Nenshi is going to put his stamp on the city’s finances, after watching him campaign as a fiscal conservative who will do away with waste at city hall, this should give a pretty clear indication. He may not like the term “Budget Boss,” but as chair of Priorities and Finances, and the city’s highest ranking politician, it’s not a stretch to take the view the buck stops with him.

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