City administration wants to end borrowing to pay employees

The vast majority of the the city's 22 400 employees are paid from the city's coffers.

But a report from La Presse points out a disturbing trend : An increasing amount of municipal workers are being paid through loans taken out by the city.

In total, City Hall plans on borrowing 61.5 million dollars in 2014 in order to pay 915 of its employees.

In 2011, the number of workers paid through loans was 611.

Executive comittee vice-president Harout Chitilian says the municipal administration has work to do.

"We are preoccupied. Our intention is to review and reform the administration of the city. [...] We want to be more efficient, we want to be more optimal in our management," Chitilian told CJAD. 

So after four years of constant increases in the number of employees paid through loans, the vice-president says things are going to change.

"There will definitely be a decrease. And beyond that, we will have actual figures of how much each [budget] activity costs, to see if we're competitive or not."

He says realtime updates on spending will help administration design better policies and adapt existing programs.

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  1. Wally posted on 02/16/2014 04:23 PM
    So why does Montreal still have more politicians/councillors than New York City?
  2. clint posted on 02/16/2014 06:43 PM
    "La Presse points out a disturbing trend"
    There's an understatement.
  3. Michael posted on 02/16/2014 11:56 PM
    Using loan funds to pay your employees? That's about as sound fiscal management as using your Mastercard to pay your Visa bill!
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