City of Wetaskiwin could see over $500k savings from job elimination

Report at July 17 City of Wetaskiwin council meeting notes some vacant city jobs won’t be filled

The taxpayers of the City of Wetaskiwin could see some very serious savings after certain vacant municipal jobs won’t be filled, heard councilors at their regular meeting July 17.

The regular city budget update submitted by Brian McCulloch, director of Corporate Services, contained a detailed list of city departments expenses. The council agenda noted the report contained “Comparative statements of actual to budget for revenues and expenditures are presented in summary and cost centre format, along with progress reports on capital and operating projects and the current status on debt services.”

McCulloch discussed the report with council and answered many questions. He noted the city could see savings between $500,000 and $750,000 in the staffing and salaries areas of the 2017 budget by year-end. He said it was decided not to fill certain staff vacancies, and instead redistribute the workload among other staff thus saving on salaries.

McCulloch noted the report shows the city budget is progressing as planned in 2017. “A review of these statements indicates that overall the City is on budget as of June 30, 2017,” stated the agenda item.

The entire June financial report is available online on the city’s website at the following address: https://wetaskiwin.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/39143?preview=40376

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