Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's edict that all city departments cut their 2011 budgets by five per cent doesn't appear to be working.
The annual budget procees begins on Monday, and a number of departments say they need more money — not less — in the coming year.
On Wednesday, police Chief Bill Blair said he couldn't accommodate the cut — and asked the police services board to increase the force's budget by a further three per cent.
On Thursday night, the Toronto Public Library Board voted in favour of a 2.6 per cent budget increase.
It also voted to keep the downtown Urban Affairs library open, in spite of speculation that it would recommend its closure. The board also voted to reduce its library collections budget.
Those votes followed a decision earlier Thursday by Toronto Public Health and the Board of Health to also ask for an increase of 1.5 per cent.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Rob Ford already hitting that brick wall
Didn't take long, of course: