Emergency services account for 42% of the city budget, with police alone accounting for 24%. Wyatt admits cuts to these services may not prove popular but says the city must find efficiencies in every area.
An audit into the city now infamous three for one land swap is finally expected this month.
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year 3.87% levy increase.
The review follows some media reports that council sought even deeper cuts than its consultant recommended, leading Police Chief Devon Clunis to deny claims that top police brass leaked it in protest.
The reports indicated major cuts could spell the end for the service vice squad and cold case unit. The move originally passed in a 13 3 council vote back in July. At the time, only councillors Brian Mayes (St. Vital), John Orlikow (River Heights Fort Garry) and Russ Wyatt (Transcona) opposed the idea.
City hall back from summer vacation to take a new shot at balancing budget
Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) agreed.
Coun. Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood Tuxedo) says she oppose any tax increase because city savings are possible.
have to make some very tough decisions. Emergency services costs have just ballooned over the last few years, said Browaty. is a huge challenge. said police may have to consider cheaper practices, like placing single officer patrol cars on the road or devoting more civilian staff to administrative jobs.
August 2012 that Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Chief Reid Douglas had signed up to trade three parcels of city land, including the old fire stations 11 and 12 and a vacant lot on Mulvey Avenue East, for the Taylor Avenue property Fire Station 12 now sits on. Fire Station 12 was constructed before the city even owned the land.
all very secretive and we being kept uninformed right now on a number of things, said Gerbasi.
An operational review of the Winnipeg Police Service designed to save the city millions of dollars should be released soon.
Coun. Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge East Fort Garry) said fear surrounding potential spending cuts is based on the unknown, since even some councillors aren updated on the process.
Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) warned of the potential for a tax increase back in July if savings can bridge the gap.
be defeated by future council votes.
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The city public works department is also being assessed for savings, with both reviews are expected in the next few weeks.
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council keeps saying no to finding efficiencies, you can say you want no efficiencies and no tax hikes, said Wyatt.
challenge we going to have is getting the votes on council to find savings, said Wyatt. think it crucial. Every time we do find an operational savings, it a permanent one you save for this year and future years. city council gets back to business next week after a summer break, cost cutting is clearly on the agenda. Perhaps the most anticipated cuts will be those to the Winnipeg Police Service, since a leaked report revealed an operational review could mean the end of Omega Seamaster Vintage Stainless Steel entire police units.
will not be supporting a budget that has any tax hike in it, said Havixbeck, who also opposed this Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000 Day Date
definitely want to look more at it, he said.
Councillors quickly criticized the proposal failure to seek council approval. The city property committee eventually quashed the deal in favour of selling city lands and buying the lot of Fire Station 12 instead. The review, first expected in May, is now set to appear in time for the Sept. 25 city council meeting.
Coun. Scott Fielding said Weekends, the finance chair strategy of 13 unpaid Fridays off for non essential city staff, is also worth exploring.
As the city finance chair warns of a $74 million deficit and operational reviews search for savings, many Winnipeggers may expect another tax hike is on the horizon.
But public backlash followed and five more councillors, most recently Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood Tuxedo), have since joined the opposition, while yet another reconsiders her vote. If Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge East Fort Garry) changes sides council will be divided on this piece of the $7.7 million Exchange Waterfront Neighbourhood Development Program. Any piece of the program could still Omega Speedmaster Velcro
Wyatt said police have requested a $23 million increase above its $242 million budget for 2013, which doesn appear affordable.
Havixbeck said reversing this years $600,000 raise to councillors ward allowances and limiting the addition of new city staff would be obvious steps in the right direction.
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