Councillor Josh Matlow

AM680 News-Councillors start budget review process

TORONTO, Ont. – It’s a new day at City Hall, Tuesday, and some new councillors were up bright and early, already going over Mayor Rob Ford’s proposed budget line by line.

Other than the highlights unveiled by the Mayor on Monday, it will take days to digest the entire document.

680News learned through Twitter Tuesday morning that newly-elected councillor Josh Matlow, for Ward 22 St. Paul’s, was heading to work at 4 a.m., so that he, like others, can go over the budget line by line.

“I was just going through the numbers that I was given yesterday. Staff prepared about four large binders full of budget information for all the councillors’ review, and I feel an enormous sense of responsibility to understand the numbers,” Matlow said.

“But more than that, to really understand what staff’s proposals really mean in the real world, how the budget will affect people in Toronto.”

Matlow said he will reserve judgment on the full budget, but told 680News he thinks the mayor was a touch unprofessional to threaten managers who can’t comply with his five per cent budget cut.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Police Services Board is meeting Tuesday afternoon and the board is seeking a three per cent budget boost.


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