And, for a city that is going through budget planning at the moment, she says it is difficult when EPS makes special funding requests on top of the planned funding.
“The only analogy I can come up with is when you give a kid an allowance, and tell them it’s supposed to cover them for their hot lunches or any new gaming system that comes out. And then, when the new gaming system comes out, they ask grandma and grandpa for money.”
Police are but one consideration Wright has on her mind as she looks at what both her ward and the city need out of the coming budget process. She’s hopeful that more transit options will be available to residents in the city’s southeast.
“I think we need to do a better job. I know the city is looking at some things like some on-demand routes out in Sspomitapi.”
As well, to alleviate some traffic congestion, she’s hopeful that developers, in their push to build more homes in the area, will work to widen 17th Street.
“That’s because they want to further develop into the area there. There’s also administration looking into requirements into what point in time they are required to widen the roads.”
But, she understands that a lot of the budget process isn’t about what to add, but what the city can keep.
“The hard decision comes down to needs versus wants. There’s a lot of things we want to have in our city, but right now we still have to remain cognizant of inflation. And, can residents actually afford to pay any more in property taxes? It is going to have to be needs that we focus on, and maybe looking at some existing programs that the City has that maybe are no longer priorities — and finding money for the budget.”
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