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The Grand Parade podcast: Halifax’s budget season is (almost) over. How did councillors perform?

Analyzing the good, bad and otherwise in what is likely HRM council’s final one-year budget before it introduces a four-year cycle.

By Martin Bauman and Matt Stickland

Halifax council is one week away from approving its 2024/25 budget—a capital plan tasked with both guiding the HRM out of a $105-million shortfall and setting the course for a region on pace to reach 525,000 residents by the end of the year. On Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2024, councillors will review a revised budget that comes with a mixed bag of outcomes, from the first tangible steps toward police reform to an underwhelming transportation plan that will increase bus and ferry fares but keep evening and weekend parking free...