WINNIPEG – Difficult decisions are ahead for Winnipeg’s finances as the City grapples with public sector pensions according to Mayor Brian Bowman.
The mayor joined 680 CJOB’s Geoff Currier Thursday morning and explains the budget will be a tricky balancing act in the coming years.
“We have to be respectful of those people that put their lives on the line for our safety but at the same time we also have to be respectful of taxpayers,” says Bowman. “We are going to have to make some difficult choices on how we have a sustainable pension plan going forward.”
Bowman says the City has met its goal of finding two percent efficiencies in every department.
Meanwhile, growth fees will take a while to be implemented, assuming they pass council in the first place.
The mayor says they aren’t even being considered for the upcoming budget.
Although Brian Bowman is halfway through his first term, when asked if he was planning to run again, he says he really hasn’t thought that far ahead yet.
“I’m so focused right now on the job, honestly that’s a decision we’ll have to make as a family as we get closer to the next election,” says Bowman. “I’m working each and every day on a four year mandate – that’s what you’re elected for.”