January 7, 2019
Update shows continued improvements as City projects $14.2 million year-end surplus
Released: 11:15 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - The City of Winnipeg's final Financial Status Report for 2018 is forecasting a projected surplus in the tax-supported operating budget (General Revenue Fund) of $14.2 million, as at November 30, 2018. The City of Winnipeg’s financial update will be presented at the meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance on January 11, 2019.
This projection marks an increase in the anticipated surplus from the last Financial Status Report, which projected a surplus of $9.5 million as at September 30, 2018. In accordance with Council policy, if the General Revenue Fund reports a surplus at year-end, it will be transferred to the Financial Stabilization Reserve.
“It is encouraging that the City’s year-end operating budget forecast has continued to trend positively throughout 2018,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “Current indications are that December snow clearing costs should not have a significant impact on the projected surplus, which leaves the City in a positive fiscal position to end the year.”
Additional savings realized since the last report contributing to the higher projected surplus include increased revenues from Winnipeg Police Services, departmental improvements from Planning, Property and Development, additional savings in debt and finance charges, and improvement in salary and benefit expenses in Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services. A significant factor resulting in a reduction of projected surplus is the higher than budgeted provision for outstanding assessment appeals.
The City’s latest financial status report notes that Winnipeg Transit is forecasting a year-end operating surplus of $12.8 million, which is calculated separately and does not impact the forecasted General Revenue Fund surplus of $14.2 million.
The City’s financial update is publicly available through the Decision Making Information System (DMIS).
Declared Snow Route Parking Ban in effect starting tonight at midnight; Residential Parking Ban starting Wednesday morning
Released: 12:30 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - Today, over 200 spreaders and plows are working to clear main routes, bus routes, collector streets, back lanes, sidewalks, and active transportation paths. Crews are also applying salt to roadways to improve traction.
Recycling and garbage collection may be slower than usual today. Residents are advised that if today (Monday) is their collection day, to please leave carts out until 10 p.m. tonight. If the carts have not been collected by 10 p.m., residents are advised to put them away and then place them out by 7 a.m. tomorrow morning (Tuesday).
Winnipeg Transit is currently experiencing delays. Residents are reminded to allow extra travel time and to check bus schedules before heading out.
Declared Snow Route Parking Ban
To facilitate snow clearing on major routes, a Declared Snow Route Parking Ban will be in effect starting tonight at midnight.
The Declared Snow Route Parking Ban extends the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban by two hours, prohibiting parking on snow routes between midnight and 7 a.m.
Vehicles parked in violation of the Declared Snow Route Parking Ban may receive a $100 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.
The Declared Snow Route Parking Ban will be in place until snow clearing is completed and the public will be notified when the ban is lifted. At such time, the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will continue to be in effect from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Snow routes are clearly marked with signs like these:
Residential Parking Ban
Plowing of residential streets will begin Wednesday morning to improve the condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Wednesday, January 9 at 7 a.m.
Residents are urged to confirm their snow zone letter in order to determine when their residential street is scheduled for clearing. You can find your snow zone with the address lookup tool, by contacting 311 or by using the Know Your Zone app. Residents are encouraged to find out their snow zone letter in advance of the start of the residential plow and to make alternate parking arrangements if they park on the street.
Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, residents of snow zones A, G, J, L, P, and S will need to move their vehicles as plowing will be underway in those zones until 7 p.m. Please refer to the entire schedule below for details about when snow zones will be cleared this week.
RESIDENTIAL PARKING BAN SCHEDULE
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019
A, G, J, L, P, S
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019
C, F, I, K, N, R, U
Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019
D, H, M, O, Q, T, V
Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019
Avoid a ticket and tow
For the residential streets that are scheduled, residents are urged to find an alternate place to park such as an off-street driveway or parking lot, or a nearby street that is not currently scheduled for plowing. This will help the plowing operation run smoothly and will prevent you from being ticketed and towed.
Vehicles parked in violation of the Residential Parking Ban may receive a $150 ticket ($112.50 if paid early), and may be towed to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be plowed, or has already been cleared. If you believe your vehicle may have been towed due to the Residential Parking Ban, please contact 311 for assistance in locating it.
More information about winter parking bans and snow operations is available at winnipeg.ca/snow.
Download the official City of Winnipeg Know Your Zone mobile app
The City of Winnipeg's Know Your Zone app is available for free download at the Apple App Store and Google Play App Store. For more information about the app, please visit knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca/app.
Sign-up for winter parking ban notifications
The City also offers free email and Twitter notifications which advise subscribers when additional parking bans go into effect. To sign up for notifications, visit winnipeg.ca/snow or contact 311.
Think safety this winter - Stay Back, Stay Safe
Motorists are reminded to drive to winter road conditions at all times and to use extreme caution when driving near any plowing or sanding equipment.