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Sherbrook Pool, museums eyed for more funding

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Winnipeg museums and the Sherbrook Pool are set to get more funding.

This morning, council's executive policy committee approved several amendments to Winnipeg's 2013 budget, which calls for a 3.87 per cent property tax increase.

Finance chairman Coun. Russ Wyatt introduced a motion to reduce funds for a policy and communications office for EPC from $722,000 to $579,136 and devote an additional $56,147 towards city museums so their budgets will only be cut by five per cent instead of 10 per cent.

Remaining funds -- along with savings from the amount earmarked towards hiring new permit staff and pro-rating term staff -- will go towards spending an additional $340,000 on the Assiniboine Park Conservancy to meet increasing labour and utility costs.

Wyatt said the mayor will also allocate $200,000 from his civic initiatives account to help repair Sherbrook Pool, which closed last November after engineers found 10 pillars supporting the roof had corroded.

At the same time, EPC did not recommend any changes to councillors' discretionary ward budgets, which are set to rise to $114,000 from about $74,000. Wyatt said council's governance committee initially requested a $50,000 increase and the additional $40,000 in funding will help elected officials respond to their constituents and do their work.

City council will vote on the amended capital and operating budgets at a meeting on Tuesday.

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