City council has sent administration back to sharpen their pencils and find some places to cut expenditures in the 2022 budget.
Finance and Audit Committee Chair, Councillor Garth Frizzell, brought forward committee recommendations that council direct administration to prepare a report providing an option for a one million dollar reduction to the police services operating budget for Council’s consideration. Council also directed administration to prepare a report providing options for reductions that allow for a 4.37 per cent increase to the estimated general operating levy for Council’s consideration, which is two per cent less than the initial projection of 6.37 per cent provided to council by administration.
Council approved both recommendations. Further discussion will be had during council’s budget deliberations for the 2022 city budget scheduled to occur on January 24, 2022.