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As Vancouver city budget is debated and approved tonight, a look at some of the stories behind the numbers

December 4th, 2012 · 23 Comments

After years of being criticized for producing somewhat skimpy budget numbers, the city’s finance department came up with a veritable bible about city activities and spending. My story and the report.

As I’ve said elsewhere, a vast improvement but it would still be nice to see in easy-to-understand numbers how much the city is spending in total (with breakdowns) on the issues it says are its main priorities: affordable housing, homelessness, green initiatives. We are shifting spending into these areas, but without a clear idea of how much of city resources is being dedicated to these ambitious efforts. Perhaps next year.

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