Manitoba Finance Minister Greg Dewar met with Flin Flon City Council Friday evening. He said he holds pre-budget consultations to receive input from local councils and residents on what they would like to see in the budget. He says people want them to continue to improve their infrastructure, they want them to ensure that they have health care when they need it, they have opportunities for their children and they want to make sure Manitoba remains an affordable place for them to live.
Dewar visited the Rotary and Hemlock housing to see the need for seniors housing in the community. Council discussed with the Minister the need for a commitment to seniors housing, needed support for major infrastructure projects including upgraded water lines in the uptown area partly due to the expansion of the emergency room at the hospital, the need for financial support from cottage areas and neighboring municipalities for local recreation infrastructure, the possibility of some type of local sales tax which the minister said isn’t likely to be approved and the need to attract new people and homes to the community.