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City projects a year-end surplus of $981k; transit ridership down

Community and Corporate Services Committee Meeting


Date: September 15, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM and reconvening at 6:30 PM, if required
Location: Council Chambers, Level 2, City Hall

City staff report to council on variances from budget that are greater than $100,000, either favourable (under budget)  or unfavourable (over budget). Some highlights as of June 30, 2015, with year-end projections, include:

Winter Maintenance $(232k) Unfavourable – largely due to extreme weather conditions

transitTransit $440k Favourable (year-end projection is $133k F)  – largely due to savings from staff gapping and diesel costs as a result of timing of expanded services and lower fuel prices. This is partially offset by lower transit revenues resulting from lower than anticipated ridership

Transit fare revenue $271k Unfavourable (year-end projection is $ 603k U) – Lower than anticipated ridership for early 2015 has resulted in lower fare revenues collected.This trend is anticipated to continue for the remainder of the year.

Interest Earned $1.445m Favourable (year-end projection $250k) – result of capital gains realized offset by a low interest rate environment.

Overall, staff are projecting a year-end budget surplus of $981k.

Once the final amount is quantified, staff will provide recommendations to council for allocating any surplus to: the 2016 Operating Budget to help finance one-time expenditures; and to replenish Reserve and Reserve Funds.

To read the staff report, visit the C&CS Sept. 15 Agenda, Item #5.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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