Local mental health strategy work halted as part of budget cuts

Ward 6 Councillor Jeff Davison said finding this amount of efficiencies is reasonable within a $3.5-billion operating budget but says the city needs to look at scaling back low impact and high-cost projects.“The city is always going to spend but it’s about smart spending. We really do have to look at all of our assets and how we manage this portfolio better.”I’m very pleased that Council will provide immediate tax relief to small businesses – the life of our City and economy. In the coming months, I will be working with my colleagues to reach a long-term solution to our assessment process. #yyc #yyccc #yycsmallbiz #Calgary— Jeff Davison (@JeffDavisonYYC) June 10, 2019Meanwhile, Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas said the city should instead be looking to reduce its budget by cutting labour costs.“I think we should be pursuing wage reductions before having councils financial mismanagement causing even more unemployed Calgarians.”Farkas adds there are a number of projects which should be put on hold for now including the Arts Commons expansion, the new field house and the new NHL arena.You deserve to know how your City Councillor voted! I have submitted a motion to increase City Hall accountability and make it easier for Calgarians to keep tabs on their elected officials. More information: https://t.co/Q4nlLagZcg #yyccc pic.twitter.com/Rx401KvgHU— Jeromy Farkas (@JeromyYYC) June 13, 2019City administration has until the July 22 council meeting to come up with budget cuts. CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Further work on a municipal strategy, meant to combat addiction and mental health problems in Calgary has been halted.A committee voted 4-3 on Wednesday to stop the work of a panel of experts on the $25-million strategy, which was first approved last year.It’s all part of council’s plan to shed $60-million from the city budget as part of a tax relief plan for local business.WATCH: Council approves tax relief plan for business

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