Budget 2013: Proposed changes affect most vulnerable

Jan. 07, 2013

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Author: 
Martha Powell, President & C.E.O.

The City's Budget 2013 deliberation process is underway and is currently seeking input on the decisions that will determine how it funds and supports the economic, social and environmental quality of life of our community.

From parks and recreation to taxi licensing, transportation to planning, the City of London provides over 95 unique services. For the third year in a row, Council has set a 0% target. Meeting this target requires the City to do business differently. Civic Administration has tabled a budget at 2.5% and more reductions will be made in order to move toward 0%. These changes include cuts to programs and projects, and increased user fees. 

London Community Foundation has traditionally preferred to influence public policy with a light, often unseen hand. This year we have joined Pillar Nonprofit Network and United Way London & Middlesex to collectively voice our concerns on the proposed City of London budget because we strongly agree that those who are most vulnerable will be disproportionately impacted by proposed changes and cuts.

Two proposed reductions in the draft budget have us most concerned:

  1. Reduction in municipal investment in affordable housing initiatives (Business Case #4)
  2. Reduction in capital grant program funding (Business Case #3)

It is our fear that a reduction in programs and services does not reduce the need for these programs, but rather shifts the burden from the tax base to the nonprofit sector which is already under resourced and has had increased service demands due to the economic times. There will be a ripple effect on our community and London’s taxpayers will pay for these service changes and cuts either today or tomorrow.

Thanks to Michelle Baldwin from Pillar and Andrew Lockie from United Way London Middlesex.

What can you do? 

Attend the 2013 Budget Public Participation meeting to visually support Pillar's presentation and submission. When: Monday January 14th, 2013 4 pm in Council Chambers

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