Civic part­ner cuts loom­ing

Tough choices to bridge city’s $170-mil­lion fund­ing gap

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It’s time to tighten the belt, and the city’s civic part­ners are the first to feel the sting of the city’s fi­nan­cial predica­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cal­gary Pub­lic Li­brary’s board meet­ing pack­age, they were asked by city ad­min­is­tra­tion to cre­ate sce­nar­ios for 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 and five per cent fund­ing re­duc­tions for 2018.

Metro tried to reach the city to clar­ify which other civic part­ners were con­tacted but did not hear back by press time.

Ac­cord­ing to city com­mu­ni­ca­tions staff, all busi­ness units are also be­ing asked to look at bud­getary re­duc­tions.

“I would be very con­cerned about cuts in ser­vice to our civic part­ners,” said Coun. Druh Far­rell. “They have been asked to make cuts sev­eral years in a row; it’s very dif­fi­cult.”

Far­rell said that, if the city needs to re­duce spend­ing, it’s time to look at po­lice, fire, trans­porta­tion and tran­sit.

Cal­gary Pub­lic Li­brary CEO Bill Ptacek said they’re well aware of the city’s eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

“We re­ally did try to iden­tify those things we could do that would save the amounts of money that were iden­ti­fied with­out do­ing great harm to the over­all li­brary ser­vice,” said Ptacek.

The re­sults of this ex­er­cise will be brought to coun­cil for a fi­nal de­ci­sion in Novem­ber.

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