Chamber Thanks City of Brooks for Open Budget Process


The Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank the City of Brooks for opening the budget process to the public.

“We would like to thank City Council for their commitment to an open budget process” said Chamber President Mike Nordfjeld. “The new process strengthens democracy and ensures that local business has a voice in changes that could affect their operations in what continues to be a tough market” he added.

In total, the Chamber made 7 recommendations to the City on matters related to policing, taxation, economic development, asset management and the provision of funding to non-profits that help to make Brooks and the Region of Newell the best place to live, work, invest and raise a family.

Though Council did not agree with all our recommendations, the Chamber is very pleased Council did see fit to provide funding to the Brooks Public Library, Grasslands FCSS, Brooks Museum and SPEC Makerspace. The Chamber further congratulates the City for their common-sense approach to retrofitting existing public works equipment before purchasing new.

The Chamber also supports the City’s pragmatic approach to asset management. The completion of infrastructure masterplans and other asset management initiatives will allow the City to leverage all-important grant funding.

“A total of 49 people participated in our budget submission process,” said Kyle Franz, the Chamber’s Director of Member Relations. “There was a lot of value in the process, and we hope the City will continue this process in the future” he added.


Media Contact:

Kyle R. Franz, Director of Member Relations /403-427-0011 /

Posted on:
Friday, February 23, 2018