November 1, 2016
McGill’s Office of the Budget held a town hall on Oct. 25 to discuss the McGill budget for the 2017 fiscal year, explain how it was created, and allow the public to ask questions and give their input about what they would like to see included as the budget is finalized in April 2017. The meeting was hosted by Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Christopher Manfredi. According to Manfredi, these town halls are usually held during a financial crisis, but McGill is currently financially stable, making this town hall an exception to this rule.
“I thought it would be good to have a broader kind of conversation about the budget, and also to have an opportunity outside of the crisis period to hear some things that are on [the public’s] minds as to what we should be thinking about as we produce the university’s budget,” Manfredi said.
The town hall was divided between a presentation by Manfredi and a question-and-answer period. Manfredi began his presentation by discussing the operating fund, which covers McGill’s daily revenues and expenditures. Manfredi provided a quick overview of the revenues that contribute to the operating budget, and then went into detail about…