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February 6, 2009
Toronto to introduce 2009 Operating Budget - Meeting will be webcast
The City of Toronto will introduce the 2009 Operating Budget.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

TIME: 9:30 a.m. budget advisory meeting and 11:30 a.m. technical briefing

WHERE: Budget Committee
Toronto City Hall
Committee Room 1
100 Queen Street West

This is the start of the formal operating budget review process. Media availability will follow immediately after the meeting in the Committee Room. A technical briefing for media will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the City Manager’s Boardroom on the 11th floor of the East Tower.

This meeting will be webcast. Please visit on Tuesday morning for details.

The public is invited to make submissions on the City’s proposed operating budget by making a presentation to the Budget Committee on February 18, 2009, submitting a written presentation to the Budget Committee or sending a letter or e-mail to their local City Councillor. Information on how to make a submission may be viewed at Toronto City Council will consider the final 2009 Operating Budget at its meeting on March 31 and April 1, 2009.

The City has both an operating and capital budget.

The day-to-day operation of City services is paid for from the City’s operating budget - the money dedicated to salaries and operating expenses such as rent, fuel, electricity, equipment, etc. The delivery of City services such as police, fire, emergency medical services, TTC, waste collection and recycling, libraries, parks and recreation, child care and many others are paid for through the City’s operating budget.

The City is also rolling out its 10-year $25.9 billion capital plan that was approved last December. The City’s capital budget pays for construction and maintenance of roads, the purchase of transit vehicles, the building of major facilities, and the purchase of major equipment. The capital budget funds the maintenance and construction of City assets and infrastructure, which are needed to support services to residents and businesses.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Don Wanagas, Director, Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller 416-338-7134
Jennifer Daws, Executive Assistant to Councillor Carroll, Chair of Budget Committee, 416-392-4037
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5277 (o), 416-919-6500 (c)



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