Windsor budget committee identifies potential savings

Windsor City Hall, December 2019. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

A City of Windsor committee was able to find some opportunities for savings in the proposed budget.

The administration originally put forward a budget with a 5.23 per cent increase. After four days of meetings with city departments, agencies, boards, and commissions, the Operating Budget Review Committee is putting forward $2.8 million in potential savings. That would bring the budget increase down to 4.59 per cent.

“My Ward Council colleagues and I have taken a detailed look at the pressures put forward by administration and found some significant potential savings by paring down the asks rather than eliminating them altogether. Between now and budget deliberations, we’ll be looking for even further savings for our ratepayers,” said Committee Chair Fred Francis.

In addition to finding savings in the budget, the committee is also recommending against increasing paid parking hours downtown or adding fees to the rodent abatement program.

Budget deliberations are scheduled for April.