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Mayor's 2014 - 2016 Preliminary Operating and Capital Budget Consultation Process Fails Winnipeggers

December 05, 2013

On November 29, 2013 following months of back room deals, Mayor Sam Katz and his selected Councillors tabled their City of Winnipeg 2014 – 2016 Preliminary Operating and Capital Budgets to the public and the rest of Winnipeg’s City Council.

At first review, the Mayor’s budget will increase taxes, reduce services, raise water and sewer rates, raid Winnipeg’s financial reserves and increase debt. 

I, like you and a majority of Council, had the first opportunity to see the budget on November 29, 2013 and we now have 18 days to review, assess, inquire and ask for amendments.

Presently, I have identified numerous issues that require clarification.  Once clarification is received, a proper neighbourhood update will be provided from my office.  This is expected next week.

One way for you to participate is to take a look at the City of Winnipeg 2014 – 2016 Preliminary Operating and Capital Budgets and let me know what you think.  The documents are attached below.

2014 Preliminary Budget – Operating and Capital – Volume 1

2014 Preliminary Budget – Capital Project Detail – Volume 2

Another option is to attend a Council meeting regarding the budget. Unfortunately, these meetings are held during the day and not on weekends or evenings.

To speak to committee members or Council, please call 311 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to register as a delegation for the following meetings, which are scheduled as part of the 2014 Budget approval process:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
 Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development (regular meeting)

Thursday, December 5, 2013
 Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services (special meeting)

Monday, December 9, 2013
 Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (special meeting)

Thursday, December 12, 2013
 Executive Policy Committee, to hear delegations on Budgets (special meeting)

Friday, December 13, 2013
 Executive Policy Committee to consider Standing Committee recommendations, and table final recommendations (special meeting)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 
A Special Meeting of Council to pass Budgets

I have recommended that the budget consultation process change to be more inclusive; however, the short time line provided this year for budget consultations and the overall secretive manner in which the budgets were created both show that I have yet more work to do.

Please contact our office by email at jorlikow@orlikow.ca or by phone at 204-986-5236 if you have any questions, concerns and/or recommendations.