The Glen Rock Borough Council is pushing for more public involvement in its 2014 budget process, scheduled to begin this Saturday.
The morning finance committee meeting will be open to the public, as the borough begins discussion of the capital and operating budgets it will eventually pass next spring.
“It’s the first time we’ve done something quite like this,” Mayor John van Keuren said. “This time we’re putting a lot more emphasis on informing people of what we’re planning to do.”
Though budget meetings have always been public, the idea to reach out to residents and invite them to a Saturday session is new, he said.
In addition to the regular operating budget and the requests from municipal departments that comprise the capital budget, the council will be looking at two substantial “nontraditional” tasks for next year, Van Keuren said.
Rebuilding the borough’s surplus and finding a way to fund field improvements will be on the council's mind as it begins balancing the 2014 books.
The meeting takes place in the borough hall conference room at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.