Budget deliberations continue at city hall

Committee spending next four days asking questions of staff and debating 2014 budget

Budget deliberations continue at city hall today.

The proposed 2014 budget includes a 2.5 per cent tax increase, or about $64 per average household. Half a percentage point would go to the Scarborough subway expansion.

Last week, the budget committee heard from dozens of deputants who fought for certain services like child care and transit.

Today, the committee starts a four-day meeting to ask questions of staff and debate the budget.

Before staff gave a presentation, budget chief Frank Di Giorgio said a few words.

"We will be proceeding very slowly," he told his fellow committee members.

He says each section of the budget will be scrutinized.

Di Giorgio also had a request of the councillors in the room.

"To encourage both visiting members and members of the committee to demonstrate civility and see if we can get through this process in a more collegial way than in the past," he said.

Motions on the budget will be introduced at the committee level next week and voted on in early January.

The recommendations will go to executive committee on January 22nd and to full council on January 29th and 30th.

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