By Legal Councillor Phil Hughes
This Year the AUMA convention was held in Edmonton at the Shaw convention centre.
The AUMA gives elected officials in Alberta a chance to network, learn about programs available for their community, provide toolkits and resources to better their communities and allows them an opportunity to ask tough questions to provincial government officials about the decisions they make that affect the way civic politicians run their constituencies.
Amid questions brought up by some of the residents in Legal this editorial is a response to its citizens to provide transparency on the way their tax dollars are spent and to be accountable to those voters.
All councillors attended the education seminars and provided the town with reports that were submitted to the town office and are available for public consumption. These reports record the officials’ efforts at the conference and will provide other future elected officials an insight on what the benefits are to this event.
Some highlights of this event were as follows.
The Mayor (Albert St. Jean) asked about health dollars that directly affect our senior citizens and the facilities provided for extended living.
A toolkit was brought back to town to evaluate the town’s viability and future economic sustainability.
Information was provided to councillors which will allow them to better analyze and prepare the towns budget.