Steve Munro, whose great blog turned five years old yesterday, on yesterday’s story that the bus route cuts were being scaled back:
There’s some budget hocus-pocus going on with the TTC’s original claim of a $7m saving from the cuts. That was a 9-month figure assuming the change went into effect on March 27. About $1m in savings were given up by deferring the change until May 8, and a few million more have already been dedicated to service improvements in January 2011. This doesn’t leave a lot for additional service in fall 2011, let alone for those changes to roll out for a full year in 2012.
While “efficiency” is worth looking for, we seem to have spent a great deal of effort to accomplish very little.
“A great deal of effort to accomplish very little” is a good way to describe much of the budget process this year.