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City to increase spending on athletic fields by $800K

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The City of Winnipeg plans to spend five times more money on outdoor athletic fields in 2014 than it did this year.

In the latest of a series of announcements in advance of the release of Winnipeg’s spending plans for next year, Mayor Sam Katz said Tuesday morning the city will increase capital spending on outdoor athletic fields by $800,000, spending a total of $1 million in 2014.

Katz will table the 2014 operating and capital budgets on Friday. The operating budget is expected to include another property-tax increase.

In previous pre-budget announcements, Katz has pledged more spending on bike-and-pedestrian paths and library acquisitions. To date, there has been no mention of budget or service cuts.

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