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City Operating Budget Details 2008

2008 Budget Notes

Deputation to the Budget Committee at City Hall February 5, 2008

I’m part of a neighbourhood group called CELOS, the “centre for local research into public space,” whose particular interest is in parks and community centres. Three weeks ago we first heard that in this budget the city is counting on over $5 million more in user fees from people who want to use programs at community centres.

So we studied the budget after it became available last Monday. Today I want to point to three main kinds of problems with this budget, that we hope our city councillors will probe into.

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posted February 11, 2008

2008 Budget Notes: Parks, Forestry and Recreation proposed operating budget -- excerpts from the Analyst Briefing Notes

p.3 approved positions -- conflicting numbers

2007 approved positions
4,122.3; 2007 projected actual positions: 3,843.6

2008 base positions: VERSION ONE 4178.9; plus “enhanced”: 7.5; total 4186.4. Increase recommended: 64.1 over 2007, but “Approval of the 2008 Recommended Operating Budget will result in the Program’s staff complement increasing from 4,178.9 to 4,186.4 approved positions.”

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posted February 12, 2008

Outdoor rink ice maintenance cost increase

Cost of Toronto/East York outdoor ice rinks, per rink pad:

Toronto (a.k.a. South District) has 28 outdoor compressor-cooled rink pads at 21 locations (7 are double-pad rinks). It has 23 seasonal rink operators assigned to those rinks. The cost for one season of these zamboni operators is $13,063 per ice pad.

Cost of Etobicoke/York outdoor ice rinks, per rink pad:

Etobicoke (a.k.a. West District) has 23 outdoor compressor-cooled rink pads at 19 locations (4 are double-pad rinks). It has 28 seasonal rink operators assigned to those rinks. The cost for one season of these zamboni operators is $19,360 per ice pad.

The City is about to switch all the outdoor rinks to the more expensive Etobicoke model. Why?

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