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Fewer photo radar fines, more snow has city facing $13-M deficit

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The Winnipeg Police Service in the hole $4.7 million because of reduced revenues from photo radar.

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The Winnipeg Police Service in the hole $4.7 million because of reduced revenues from photo radar.

Better drivers and more snow have put the city in an almost $13-million deficit this year.

In a budget status report coming before next week’s finance committee meeting, city councillors will see,  based on first quarter results, the civil service is estimating a projected deficit of $12.8 million by the end of the year for the city of Winnipeg.

The report says chief among the items putting the city into debt are the Winnipeg Police Service in the hole $4.7 million because of reduced revenues from photo radar and traffic enforcement, as well as going $9.2 million over budget for snow clearing, which caused the Public Works department to dig into the red a total of $9.7 million.

The report says bureaucrats believe the city will be able to balance the books by the end of the year by several measures, including controlling expenses, without effecting core services.

 

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