Bowman Would Uncover Cost Savings at City Hall

Brian Bowman
Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman speaks at an infrastructure forum on Monday, September 29, 2014. (FLASHBOUND PHOTOGRAPHY)

Brian Bowman’s vision for city hall begins with finding efficiencies in service to reduce civic spending.

The Winnipeg mayoral candidate on Tuesday outlined his plan to get “Winnipeg’s financial house in order.” Bowman said he would start by restructuring the pension and benefit program for new city hires by working with city administration and unions.

“Cities across North America are grappling with costs and looking for ways to become more efficient. Winnipeg is no exception. We have to continue to find new and innovative solutions to improve and maintain services for citizens, while we continue to control city spending,” said Bowman

Bowman would also creative an innovation committee to replace the rarely used alternative services delivery committee, reduce councillor ward budgets, and eliminate the city’s campaign subsidy, cutting out rebates to individuals contributing to municipal election campaigns.

He would also dissolve the Office of Policy Development and Communications.

“As a city we have a duty to look at how we’re spending citizen’s money, there are many things we need to fix but we need to look inwards for savings instead of simply asking taxpayers for more or sinking the city deeper into debt.”