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Duly Quoted: City CFO Robert Rossini on Money-Saving Mayors

City releases budgetary War and Peace in effort to clear up questions surrounding Rob Ford's "billion-dollar savings" claim.

“They both saved billions.”

-The City’s chief financial officer, Robert Rossini, responding to a question about who saved more more—Mayor David Miller or Mayor Rob Ford. The City has released a new 15-page budget document intended to address the confusion and controversy surrounding Ford’s “billion-dollar savings” claim. (Rossini refers to this 15-page document as “the War and Peace version,” but we think “2007–2014 Budget Reductions and Other Budget Balancing Strategies” is a far more evocative title.) The new budget epic has not yet managed to resolve all questions and un-muddy all waters. As the Star‘s Jennifer Pagliaro tweeted: “Working on a basic summary of what city is now saying about Ford’s $1 billion costs-savings claim. Disclaimer: It’s not at all clear.”

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