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Mayor Iveson on Budget 2015, Council's 2%, City Charter, and more - MasterMaq.ca Blog
On Monday, Mayor Iveson held a lunchtime "editorial board" at his office for some local bloggers. He seemed energized and excited to talk about the budget, even though he was in the middle of a day-long public hearing and barely had time to eat. Given the limited time we had available, we didn't cover as much as I would have liked, but we did get to hear from the mayor on some important budget-related topics. Here are some that I wanted to highlight. Demystifying the Budget Describing the budget as "by far the most complex piece of governing that we do," Mayor Iveson said he was pleased with the attempts this year to demystify it for Edmontonians. He cited the new City Budget microsite and the associated PDF primer as two positive examples of a different approach to getting budget information to citizens. He also mentioned the Reddit AMA with CFO Lorna Rosen. I thought that was a great initiative, but there weren't as many questions as I expected. I asked Mayor Iveson what the City