Don Valley East Councillor Shelley Carroll, who said last week she will run for mayor if there is a byelection to replace Mayor Rob Ford, is appealing to her constituents to attend a town hall meeting to discuss next year’s city budget.
Residents need to speak up soon if they want to have any influence over the budget’s bottom line to be adopted by council, she said.
“This year’s proposed budget, although a major undertaking as in any other year, is being carried out extremely fast with little chance for input from you,” Carroll said in a statement.
“Because the current budget chair (Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Mike Del Grande) insists on bringing both the capital expenditures and the operating budget forward at the same time, there will likely be superficial consideration of the budget. That is why I need your help.”
Capital expenditures are items like building roads and arenas.
The operating budget covers the services the city provides such as policing and recreational programs.
Carroll said she’s concerned the budget could result in reductions in fire, emergency medical and even police services.
The town hall meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Timothy Catholic School, 25 Rochelle Cr., northeast of Sheppard Avenue and Shaughnessy Boulevard.
Residents can also have their say on the budget at City Hall on Dec. 10. To get on the speakers list, register by Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. by calling 416-338-5851 or 416-392-7445.