Matheson hires temporary staffer to help with budget

BLACK RIVER-MATHESON - A contract position is expected to help Matheson prepare its 2024 budget.

The Township of Black River-Matheson has hired Craig Davidson of Hybla Consulting as its temporary deputy treasurer. The estimated $4,500 contract was approved at the June 11 Matheson council meeting.

Davidson is responsible for preparing the 2024 budget and attending council meetings to explain the process.

There was no discussion about the decision at the meeting.

“Mr. Davidson has been assisting the financial department during the labour interruption. He is well-versed in our general ledgers, ongoing grants, and projects,” wrote clerk-treasurer Cassandra Child in her report.

“As a municipal treasurer, he understands how to build a budget in compliance with legislation.”

Following the adoption of this year’s budget, the deputy treasurer’s services will no longer be required by the township.

The position is needed because Child is busy working on the byelection, according to the report.

“The municipal budgets must be prepared and adopted annually to ensure proper financial planning and operations,” it reads.

“Additionally, maintaining cash flow within a manageable scope is essential to prevent jeopardizing the municipality's financial structure, such as avoiding unnecessary withdrawals from investments or drawing down on the line of credit.”

It’s been over a month since all township council members were ousted.

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When the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing declared the Matheson council seats vacant, provincial bureaucrat Kathy Horgan was appointed to make decisions until new members are sworn in.

The budget is one of the municipal items that’s been on hold due to the dissolution of council, CAO Chris Wray told TimminsToday last week.

Later this month, the budget will be presented to Horgan. The hope is to have the budget finalized sometime next month, Wray said.

Marissa Lentz, Local Journalism Initiative,