10 per cent savings
Toronto is soon going to be caught up in a pretty big shortfall of money, and cuts are going to be made that will need to be more than cosmetic. The city’s chief financial officer says that next year’s city budget is short by $774 million, and the word this year is that every departmental budget of the city has to be cut by 10 per cent. This means Parks, Forestry and Recreation too. Right now, it costs $376 million to run the parks and rec centres and take care of the trees. About $100 million is covered by government grants and fees, but that’s not enough.
That's because the increase in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) Division's spending has been dramatic. According to the last budget report, PFR operating costs have increased $51 million in the last four years, or which $32 million was in rising wage and salary costs.
So Dufferin Grove Park's budget will have to be reduced by 10 per cent. Finding out which ten per cent needs some careful thought, by park users. That means first figuring out what the park budget is – harder than you might think. However, CELOS has been tracking numbers for some years, and we think that the park’s budget is about $429,500 for this year.
June 21 meeting
The park budget