Media Advisory - Toronto to introduce 2009 Operating Budget - Meeting will be webcast

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ -

    The City of Toronto will introduce the 2009 Operating Budget.

    WHEN:    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    TIME:    9:30 a.m. budget advisory meeting and 11:30 a.m. technical

    WHERE:   Budget Committee
             Toronto City Hall
             Committee Room 1
             100 Queen Street West

    This is the start of the formal operating budget review process. Media
availability will follow immediately after the meeting in the Committee Room.
A technical briefing for media will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the City
Manager's Boardroom on the 11th floor of the East Tower.
    This meeting will be webcast. Please visit on Tuesday
morning for details.
    The public is invited to make submissions on the City's proposed
operating budget by making a presentation to the Budget Committee on February
18, 2009, submitting a written presentation to the Budget Committee or sending
a letter or e-mail to their local City Councillor. Information on how to make
a submission may be viewed at Toronto City Council
will consider the final 2009 Operating Budget at its meeting on March 31 and
April 1, 2009.
    The City has both an operating and capital budget. The day-to-day
operation of City services is paid for from the City's operating budget - the
money dedicated to salaries and operating expenses such as rent, fuel,
electricity, equipment, etc. The delivery of City services such as police,
fire, emergency medical services, TTC, waste collection and recycling,
libraries, parks and recreation, child care and many others are paid for
through the City's operating budget.
    The City is also rolling out its 10-year $25.9 billion capital plan that
was approved last December. The City's capital budget pays for construction
and maintenance of roads, the purchase of transit vehicles, the building of
major facilities, and the purchase of major equipment. The capital budget
funds the maintenance and construction of City assets and infrastructure,
which are needed to support services to residents and businesses.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 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 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Don Wanagas, Director,
Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller, (416) 338-7134; Jennifer Daws,
Executive Assistant to Councillor Carroll, Chair of Budget Committee, (416)
392-4037; Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, (416) 397-5277 (o),
(416) 919-6500 (c)

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