City to achieve spend­ing goal

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

date, City Man­ager, Yves Ver­mette, in­formed elected of­fi­cials that the to­tal sav­ings achieved so far has reached 89 per cent of its goal, or $9,792,158.

"The mu­nic­i­pal de­part­ments have un­der­taken this es­sen­tial ex­er­cise with great pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” he said. |”This is a great chal­lenge for all em­ploy­ees to be creative and in­no­va­tive ev­ery day in their work." Ver­mette added that sev­eral projects un­der­way sug­gest ad­di­tional sav­ings of $1.7 mil­lion by the be­gin­ning of 2018, bring­ing the to­tal to the $11.5 mil­lion tar­get.

Over the last 27 months, from March 2015 to July 2017, 92 full-time equiv­a­lent po­si­tions have been elim­i­nated by at­tri­tion, or 57 per cent of re­tire­ment-re­lated po­si­tions, while the ini­tial tar­get was of 50 per cent. "There were, of course, new jobs cre­ated dur­ing this pe­riod, but the num­ber of po­si­tions abol­ished re­mains higher," he said.

For his part, Sher­brooke Mayor Bernard Sévi­gny wel­comes the re­sults so far. "In a con­text where em­ploy­ees have put off their re­tire­ment, where pop­u­la­tion growth has in­creased by 7,000 peo­ple from 2014 to 2016, and the num­ber of kilo­me­ters of streets, side­walks and dwellings has in­creased, the ef­fort of the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment to re­duce spend­ing demon­strates very sound man­age­ment.”

The fi­nal re­port on the City’s op­ti­miza­tion plan is ex­pected be tabled at the be­gin­ning of 2018.

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