WINNIPEG – Top financial officials are discussing cost cutting measures as the City of Winnipeg tries to find almost $10 million in savings.
The money is needed to get the budget balanced moving forward.
Ideas proposed include a hiring freeze and no raises this year for non unionized staff.
Top bureacrat Doug McNeil says our 14 year property tax freeze is a big part of why we’re in this mess.
“Wage increases, fuel, electricity… those things keep going up and to achieve zero all those years meant something had to give,” explains McNeil.
McNeil says it’s too early to tell what, if any, impact the hiring freeze might have on services.
All city departments have been asked to cut costs and some big projects may have to be put on hold.
City hall is obligated under the law to balance its budget every year.