London, ON., November 23: As City Council prepares for their first ever multi-year budget process Mayor Matt Brown, who chairs the full council committee that will deliberate over the plan, has asked Councillor Josh Morgan to serve as his special advisor.
“I want to thank Councillor Morgan for agreeing to take on this task,” Mayor Matt Brown said. “As we prepare for council’s first ever multi-year budget, I am asking Councillor Morgan to take on a role that I believe will add value to the process.”
The City’s new multi-year budget process will cover the span of four years (2016-2019). If any financial adjustments are needed they will be considered on an annual basis. The multi-year budget will provide the funding mechanism to support Council's vision and strategic plan. It will allow Council and funded agencies to plan services and programs for the longer term.
“Mayor Brown and I have a long and positive history of working together. When I was the Chair of the Library Board, he introduced the concept of value for money audits for boards and commissions. We worked together to ensure the Library was the first board to participate and saw many positive results,” Councillor Morgan said. “I am looking forward to providing my advice, experience and support to him in his role as Budget Chief.”
Multi-year budgets aren't common, but two other large municipalities; Calgary and York Region have them.
Councillor Morgan has an extensive background and experience with budget processes — he holds a combined honours degree in Economics and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Western University. He has worked closely on budget processes in both current and previous roles, including as board chair of the London Public Library and a Member of the Western University Pension Board which has assets totalling over $1.3 billion.