Rob Ford to increase City staff

Cutting costs via staff attrition will have to wait until 2012 at City Hall, as documents released today indicate that Rob Ford's 2011 Budget calls for an increase of 48 City workers over the previous year. The Globe's Kelly Grant reports, "Mr. Ford's first operating budget cuts 470 positions, but also adds 518, not counting posts paid for out of the capital, solid waste and water budgets... The capital budget increases staff by 405 positions, most for Toronto Transit Commission capital projects such as the Spadina subway extension. The solid waste and water departments, on the other hand, are down by approximately six staff total."

One of the mayor's chief campaign platforms was a plan to reduce municipal staff by hiring back only half of those employees who quit or were lost to retirement. The major culprit for the additional staff is the TTC, which must accommodate an increased ridership.

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