Civic partner cuts looming
Tough choices to bridge city’s $170-million funding gap
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.