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Winnipeggers' top priority for 2014 budget: fix streets

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Winnipeggers consider fixing streets their highest priority.

The top priority Winnipeg residents attach to City Hall is fixing city streets.

That was one of the findings of a $200,000 public consultation study, a prelude to the 2014 budget, prepared by consulting firm MNP.

"As we prepare the 2014 budget, it’s important for council to know that Winnipeggers consider fixing streets their highest priority," Mayor Sam Katz said in a prepared statement this afternoon.

The consultation process found that resident’s priorities for the 2014 budget also include: crime prevention, investment in public transit, and efforts to reduce taxes and spending.

The findings were presented to members of council during a private seminar earlier this afternoon before a summary was released publicly.

"More than 1,700 individuals and organizations took time to let us know their view on the City of Winnipeg’s budget," Coun. Russ Wyatt, chair of the finance committee, said in a prepared statement.

"In 2014, our goal is to start the budget consultation process earlier and get more groups involved in helping to set the priorities of our city."

The consultation process included public workshops, an online survey, written submissions and comments received on a telephone line.

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Updated on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM CDT: Tweaks headline.

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