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PFR Financial Trends

22-Mar-2012 by Henrik Bechmann [1101]

• Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation budget has been rising steadily (and substantially) whether in absolute or inflation-adjusted terms. The question is: why?

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Posted March 19, 2012, updated Jan 31, 2013. Float the cursor over the chart to see numbers for specific years.

PFR has had $2.88B (billion) dollars of approved operating budgets in the past 10 years ($3.11B in constant 2011 $). That includes a 50% budget increase in real (2011$) terms over 10 years. The population by contrast has increased by 5.4% between 2001 and 2011.

The budget increase has been about $108M from 2006 - 2013, an average of about $15M per year.

In real terms (constant 2011 $), between 2006 and 2011 the increase averaged about $12M per year ($67M over 5 years). The growth has slowed somewhat since then, but continues.

See the spreadsheet for sources.

Here are the PFR Revenue Budgets for 1998 - 2011.

There are problems with the data here: a budget reported in one year will be reported as a different comparative number the next, for example. We've tried to smooth this out a bit.

Still, the trend is clear: the revenue budget was relatively constant until 2006 (in constant 2011 $), when there was a 25% increase between 2006 and 2010.

See the spreadsheet for sources.

City of Toronto

By comparison to the PFR operating budget, the City of Toronto overall has seen about a 30% increase of gross operating budget in real terms over the same time period (2002 - 2011).

See the spreadsheet for sources


Here's a study of Toronto 10 years after amalgamation: Toronto 10 years after amalgamation

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