Mayor Rob Ford fills a pothole on Hwy. 27 Friday (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)
News of the city’s $292 million 2011 budget surplus leaked out Friday. The number is big, way bigger than city staff estimated (story here).
Ahead of the number officially coming out Monday, Mayor Rob Ford sent a rare Thank-You e-mail out to all city staff.
Here’s how Ford says thanks:
I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your extremely hard work and dedication to getting our City’s finances back on track.
When I first took office almost 18 months ago, we set out to fix our government’s fiscal foundation. Through the last two budget cycles, the Core Service Review and the service efficiency reviews, you have worked diligently to find savings. You looked for and found new ways of delivering benefits to Toronto residents efficiently and effectively. You demonstrated a commitment to improving customer service and are following through on that commitment. The directions given by the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer have been demanding. I know that each of you have put in countless hours of hard work to meet those demands.
The 2011 year-end financials that will become public on Monday make it crystal clear that your hard work has paid off to benefit all who live and do business in this great city. The hundreds of millions of dollars in permanent and sustainable savings that were realized in the 2012 Budget is a direct result of your tireless efforts throughout 2011 to contain costs while providing quality benefits to the residents of Toronto.
The people of Toronto elected me to fix Toronto’s fiscal foundation and I want to thank you for helping to achieve that goal with me. While the work is not quite done yet, we are closer today than ever before. We can begin to build on that fiscal foundation to improve the lives of every resident and make Toronto the best city in the world to live, play, work and invest.
On behalf of City Council, please accept my sincere appreciation for a job well done.
Mayor Rob Ford
City of Toronto