City Council's governance debate on Dec. 5 was "like Christmas day for city hall admin wonks," writes the Ottawa Citizen's Jon Willing:
"One of the longest debates focused on the annual budget process, which drew concern from some councillors last term.
In Mayor Jim Watson’s city hall, the annual budget has been created by him and city management and any changes proposed by councillors that would increase spending would require equal offsetting savings.
Coun. Tobi Nussbaum couldn’t convince the majority of council to change the budget process so that unfunded pressures identified by committees are brought to council for consideration. Nussbaum’s proposal also came with an idea to have staff suggest ways to find money for an unfunded initiative."