09/06/2016 17:10 EDT | Updated 09/07/2017 01:12 EDT

Pension, fewer tickets put Winnipeg police department way over budget

WINNIPEG — New numbers released by the Winnipeg police department show the service's budget is in the red.

A second-quarter report says a $6.5 million cost overrun could be looming.

Revenue is down partly because fewer photo radar tickets are being issued.

The other big problem is the police pension, which is short $3.7 million this year.

Coun. Scott Gillingham questions whether the taxpayers of Winnipeg can afford to pay for such cost overruns.

He says the city didn't see it coming.

"This was not budgeted for, nor in control of the service, and therefore will require an additional appropriation for 2016," says the police department.

Gillingham says the ballooning police budget needs a long-term solution. He wants to explore the idea of removing overtime as a pensionable earning.

Earlier this year, police brass threatened layoffs over a budget standoff with the mayor and his inner circle. In the end, the service cut a body camera program and promised to find other savings.

(CTV Winnipeg)