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Council to tackle $30M budget shortfall tonight

The answer to how council hopes to avoid a $30-million shortfall will be revealed tonight.

The answer to how council hopes to avoid a $30-million shortfall will be revealed tonight.

The 2010-11 budget will be tabled tonight at city hall.

City staff have found a way to cut from the budget to meet “extra cost pressures,” Mayor Peter Kelly said in an interview yesterday.

Council may decide to stop the cuts there or implement a 1.7 per cent tax increase.

“That’s up to council’s direction and discussion from here,” he said.

The budget will be tabled at 6 p.m., but council will discuss it in open houses tomorrow and Thursday before making a decision on Friday, or if need be, next Tuesday.