City of North Vancouver council made some minor adjustments's to the municipal budget Oct. 7 It reallocated $74,200 in funds to a library lease adjustment and temporary staffing for the engineering department.
The North Vancouver Recreation Commission will return a $97,000 surplus from operational savings realized in its 2012 budget.
There was a $400,000 decrease in permit revenues due to smaller scale projects than anticipated, said Sharleen Karamanian, deputy director of finance. "This differential is seen as a timing issue and not an actual shift in market activity levels," she said.
"Taking this into account and looking to the 2014 year, staff do expect to realize several larger scale projects, producing higher development permit revenues for the upcoming year," she said.
A GVRD labour relations levy for $105,000 and net departmental wages and savings amounting to $72,200 were saved.
A recent estimate from the RCMP suggests that the city will save $200,000 in its policing costs. These savings are not a reduction in the numbers in the police force, but a reduction in the amount that the city is being charged for its members, said Karamanian.
The library lease adjustment, which was approved earlier this year, will receive $27,000, and the temporary engineering position, which will help support the pace of development applications and inspections, will receive the remaining $47,200.
The recommendations were passed unanimously with Coun. Don Bell absent.
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