Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Bowman pledges to find additional $10 million annually in budget for infrastructure

  • Print

Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman says he can squeeze an additional $10 million every year from the city budget to fund additional infrastructure projects.

At a morning news conference, Bowman said he’ll work with staff and council to find the extra funds — the equivalent of two per cent of the city’s tax-supported operating budget — from existing operations, without layoffs or staff reductions.

"Winnipeggers feel the impact of an aging infrastructure every day and that’s not acceptable," Bowman said.

City hall is already committed to spending $84.2 million on regional and local streets annually.

Bowman said he’ll direct an additional $10 million every year to rebuilding roads, adding he expects to find the money through "energy efficiencies and taking advantage of new technologies."

Bowman said the savings will come from all departments, except police, fire and paramedic services.

This is Bowman’s first policy announcement that doesn’t involve vague assurances about making city hall more transparent.

City council approved a 2.95 per cent property tax increase for 2014, with two percentage points directed towards regional and local road repairs.

Council tried to squeeze more savings from the budget by forcing non-essential staff to take forced days off over Christmas. However, when council saw the overtime put in by staff this past winter as a result of frozen pipes, snow clearing and water main breaks, the politicians abandoned the plan as unrealistic.

Department heads and CUPE have questioned the wisdom and viability of finding savings through vacancy management — many department heads told council they don’t have enough staff do the work required of them.

But Bowman said he’s convinced from work done in other communities — singling out Edmonton — that Winnipeg can find the necessary savings through other efficiencies.

"The city of Edmonton has taken on a very similar initiative to the one I am proposing today," Bowman said. "Their plan has already resulted in some early positive results. This is a best practice that we can adopt here to help us move forward to build a stronger, modern Winnipeg."

Bowman’s plan involves the creation of an infrastructure investment committee, which he would chair, with staff from all departments and councillors who would work to find the additional $10 million in savings.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Doug Speirs trains for role in Nutcracker

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • KEN GIGLIOTTI  WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / July 23 2009 - 090723 - Bart Kives story - Harry Lazarenko Annual River Bank Tour - receding water from summer rains and erosion  damage by flood  and ice  during spring flooding -  Red River , Lyndale Dr. damage to tree roots , river bank damage  , high water marks after 2009 Flood - POY

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What's your take on the Jets so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google