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Debate on funding cuts deferred

Halifax Regional Council deferred a debate yesterday that will potentially solve the $13.9-million funding gap in this city’s budget.

Halifax Regional Council deferred a debate yesterday that will potentially solve the $13.9-million funding gap in this city’s budget.

After a staff presentation, council moved to debate the issue on Dec. 13 and 14 because more research is needed.

“The speech we had today ... is not going far enough. We’ve got to make some really serious and painful decisions over the next little while and I really think we have to take a little more time and reflect,” said Coun. Steve Streatch.

Council decided staff will prepare a report indicating what will happen to the tax rate if services are added or removed. The presentation showed $13.9 million can be made up by the fall of 2011 from collecting $3 million from efficiencies, $3.5 million from continuing vacancy management of staff, and $6.5 million from operating funding reductions, said chief financial officer Cathie O’Toole.

She cited public art, landscaping, special event advertisement and sport field maintenance as services that may see funding reductions.

 
 
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