2007 Operating Budget schedule changed

    TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto is advising residents and
businesses that the 2007 operating budget schedule has been changed.
Introduction of the operating budget which was previously scheduled for March
19 will now take place on March 26.
    This change comes as the City considers financial impacts from the
2007-2008 budgets of the federal and provincial governments, to be delivered
on March 19 and March 22 respectively.
    "Toronto must first see how responsive the federal and provincial
governments have been to the needs of people living in Canada's largest
cities," said Budget Committee Chair Shelley Carroll. "We are starting the
City's budget process once we have an idea of the big picture to ensure that
we have allocated funds prudently and with due diligence."
    The operating budget is a plan that pays for services such as police,
fire, emergency medical services, the TTC, garbage collection and recycling,
libraries, parks and more. Residents and businesses are encouraged to
participate in the budget process.
    For information on how to get involved in the budget process and the new
2007 operating budget schedule, visit

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic
engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North
America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for
quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is
dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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