Revenue Collection in the City Traffic Department “healthy?”
According to the details of the plan, the council intends to slash its overall expenditure by twenty percent. Conversely, it proposes to increase the revenue collected at the Traffic Department by twenty percent. When asked if the idea is practical, based on weak collections, Bradley said revenue generation at the Traffic Department is – quote- healthy.
“Our annual outlays is between sixteen or seventeen million dollars. So if we are talking about cutting spending in a fiscal year by twenty percent, you are talking about something roughly about three point five million dollars. It’s hard to meet this because people would say you make decisions and it affects people, but cutting staff has cut our budget. That is part of our program in terms of ensuring that we meet that twenty percent target. We’ve identified areas of discretionary spending—of course we have to spend on the sanitation contracts; we have some we will meet in terms of salary if we are able to right-size the council. So that is an area we are looking at. The council spends a lot of money on utility bills. Our C.A. has put in place a policy that has cut our utility bills substantially. I think we used to pay something like I think eighteen thousand dollars per month and we’ve cut that to eleven thousand. We are looking at systems to cut that even further. So we are looking at cutting he telephone bill further, cutting the utility bills further, cutting our fuel consumption further, cutting things like our repair cost, things that we spend on which we could assess it on a greater degree and be able to cut these things in greater amounts. So we have looked at the budget, we have identified areas that we need to look at in greater details and areas that we need to cut.”