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February 12, 2003
Learn about the City's budget on-line
The City of Toronto's Web site now features an interactive workbook to help
residents understand how the City's budget process works.

The 2003 Budget Community Workbook is an interactive opportunity for Toronto
residents to start a dialogue in their community or with their City Councillor.
This informative exercise allows the user to choose City budget priorities and
select where the budget dollars should be increased or decreased. The Web based
version allows residents to electronically complete the Workbook, but it is not
designed for electronic submission. It is an individual exercise of exploring
budget scenarios and impacts.

The 2003 Budget Community Workbook is an overview of Toronto's operating and
capital budgets, as publicly launched on December 3, 2002. It has been prepared
by the Chief Administrator's Office and the Finance Department. The workbook,
available in a paper version from City Councillors, is now interactive on the
City's web site at . It's
also available from the City Budget page at,
or from the Accessing City Hall page at

"This Web-based version of the 2003 Budget Community Workbook improves public
distribution and access, and allows members of the public to use the Workbook
in electronic form," said CAO Shirley Hoy. "The Workbook supports public
education about the City's service delivery and funding challenges, and
contributes to the City's community engagement objectives."

As an educational opportunity, Councillors working with constituents during
the budget process may welcome residents to share the results of these workbook
explorations with their Councillor.

"The Community Workbook is a public education tool that Councillors can use in
communicating with constituents during the budget process," said David Shiner,
Chair of the City's Budget Advisory Committee.

Currently, the City is preparing to finalize the 2003 annual operating and
capital budgets. On Monday, February 17, Toronto residents will have the final
opportunity to make their budget views known at a joint meeting of the Policy
and Finance Committee and the Budget Advisory Committee. Public deputations of
up to five minutes may be scheduled by calling the City Clerk's Office,
Margaret Sexton, at 416-392-1032.

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