Neighbourhood groups want more city council staff

 CBC.ca: Right now, each councillors' staffing budget is roughly $240,000 plus benefits, which would go up to roughly $480,000 if the coalition behind the open letter gets its way. Meanwhile, the size of the next council is shrinking from 44 members to 25. (Lauren Pelley/CBC)

CBC.ca: Right now, each councillors' staffing budget is roughly $240,000 plus benefits, which would go up to roughly $480,000 if the coalition behind the open letter gets its way. Meanwhile, the size of the next council is shrinking from 44 members to 25. (Lauren Pelley/CBC)

 TheStar: Staff in councillors’ offices are often the first point of contact for constituents — already fielding hundreds of phone calls and emails daily. Pictured here are members of Councillor Joe Cressy's staff working in a roughly 700-square-foot space ahead of the Oct. 22 election. (JENNIFER PAGLIARO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

TheStar: Staff in councillors’ offices are often the first point of contact for constituents — already fielding hundreds of phone calls and emails daily. Pictured here are members of Councillor Joe Cressy's staff working in a roughly 700-square-foot space ahead of the Oct. 22 election. (JENNIFER PAGLIARO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)