City explains impacts of $60M budget cut – Calgary Herald

As city administration works to implement a council-approved $60-million reduction to the municipal budget, city staff say they’re already thinking ahead to future cuts that will likely be on the table next year.During a media conference Thursday, city manager Glenda Cole said that in making the initial cuts, administration was “careful to ensure that our…

City explains impacts of $60M budget cut – Calgary Herald

As city administration works to implement a council-approved $60-million reduction to the municipal budget, city staff say they’re already thinking ahead to future cuts that will likely be on the table next year.During a media conference Thursday, city manager Glenda Cole said that in making the initial cuts, administration was “careful to ensure that our recommendations were aligned with the principles that council set for us,” including a “least-harm approach to service reductions” and “treating our city employees with dignity and respect.”But Cole cautioned that further savings will be needed in “2020 and beyond,” for administration to support Calgary’s economic recovery.Chief financial officer Carla Male said administration is working on “scenario options” that could lead to further cuts.“Currently in the One Calgary budget cycle, we have an anticipated tax rate increase of three per cent,” she said. “Council directed us to come back with a couple of scenarios. One scenario would reduce that tax rate increase to 1.5 per cent and another scenario bringing it down to zero per cent.”Administration will present those options during the usual November budget deliberation period, Male said.This year’s savings will mean 48 areas of service reduced and 233 fewer city jobs. While some of those will come through attrition and retirements, a total of 115 city staff will be laid off.“It’s never to easy to lose loyal and committed colleagues,” said Cole. “It’s never easy to reduce services that we know Calgarians value.”Related
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