Debate on how best to handle HRM’s projected $30-million shortfall is set to resume tomorrow. Halifax regional council was informed of the budget gap in a report from director of finance Cathie O’Toole, delivered two weeks ago. “We’re projecting our expenses are up by $40.2 million, we’re projecting our revenues are only going to be up by $9.8 million,” O’Toole told council on Feb. 23. “So the difference between those two is $30.4 million ... (that is) our planning issue we need to address between now and tabling the budget. Several councillors questioned some of HRM’s big-ticket projects.
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