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September 05, 2006

City to cut spending

Roadworkersgrey_1 I guess its really no surprise but of course its never a happy day when you know the standard level of service is dropping.  Rising labour and material costs have put other projects on hold which is all part of the balance of how interelated things are.  Hopefully there will be more money for all Canada's major cities from the provincial and federal governments. (hopefully)

630 ched the local all talk radio show reported this earlier today.  Actually they're a really good station except for their infomercials.  I think they call it talk to the experts when its really "hey this person paid us the most so whether they are the expert or not we're going to make them sound like they are".  Ok I know, enough already, here's the article.

Construction cutbacks coming
Sep, 05 2006 - 6:40 AM

EDMONTON, ALBERTA/630 CHED - We'll find out in the next couple of weeks how much the city is going to cut back on construction and rehab next year.

It's not a question of "if" to city manager Al Maurer. It's a question how much gets cut back.   

For every ten kilometers of roadway you're going to resurface, now it'll be nine because costs are ten percent higher. Some maintenance will likely be put off for a year or two.

Maurer says the city's budget doesn't buy as much as it used to.

About the only thing keeping the shrinking list from getting even smaller is, the city will have an additional twenty million dollars to work with in 2007 that it didn't have this year.

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