MAYOR TORY'S EXEC COMMITTEE MEMBERS PREPARE FOR A FIGHT OVER PROPOSED BUDGET

Mar 02, 2015

By Jane Brown

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It may not be a harmonious meeting of Mayor Tory’s executive committee today at Toronto City Hall.

Members meet to go over the proposed 2015 City of Toronto budget with word there will be a rare fight among allies over new staff positions.

On Friday, it was reported that a compromise was expected over the weekend over a controversial last minute budget committee motion by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti.

But by late yesterday afternoon, efforts to get unanimous supported had reportedly failed.

Berardinetti wants to reject requests for 16 new staff positions, eight in planning and heritage, six in the office of the city ombudsman and two in the office of the integrity commissioner.  Exec committee member Shelley Carroll disagrees and says all of those offices are important, overworked and understaffed.

Councillor David Shiner, a former budget chief, says he will urge Berardinetti and others who side with her to reinstate the positions noting they are funded from the capital budget and won’t affect property taxes.

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