Tag: Budget

Actually, the way Vancouver keeps its books makes a lot of sense – just ask rating agencies

This week’s report from the C.D. Howe Institute complaining about how Canadian cities keep their books actually ranks Vancouver as tied in second place with four other municipalities for accuracy and transparency of its budgeting. But that didn’t stop the… Read More

Slow economy, unfunded liabilities pressure Vancouver 2011 budget

With taxpayers facing a two percent tax increase in this year’s budget — actually four percent after a proposed shift from business to residential taxpayers — it’s sobering to see the continuing impact of the recession on city… Read More

City achieving budget savings with minimal layoffs

The 2010 city budget, adopted in December, required the layoff of up to 126 city employees. City manager Penny Ballem advised staff yesterday that number has been reduced to 14 through transfers, retirements and other measures. Still to… Read More

New tools to drive Vancouver’s sustainability agenda

The city’s new procurement policy, the lengthy document that is last but not least on this year’s final regular council agenda, not only tightens oversight over the purchase of goods and services, it will save money and help… Read More