The police chief and the head of the Toronto Police Services Board presented their revised 2013 budget during a budget committee meeting on Wednesday.

The committee is reviewing the city’s $9.42-billion operating budget as well as the capital spending plan for next year.

On Monday, the police services board recommended that the force’s 2013 budget increase by 0.3 per cent or $2.2-million next year after being told to freeze its budget at $927.8-million. The city had said its operating budget would be balanced if all departments froze their budgets.

Blair had originally asked for an increase of $21-million to $949-million and came back later with a revised request for $19.1-million to $946.9-million.

On Monday, police board members put forward motions that there be no new hires and no promotions in 2013, as well as cutting contributions to the city’s vehicle reserve fund. Those actions would leave just over $6 million in cuts for Blair to make.

Board chair Alok Mukherjee and vice-chair Michael Thompson suggested that the police use the $8 million in surplus from the 2012 budget to cover the remaining costs.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Blair said the proposed budget would mean 20 fewer officers at each police division and possibly closing certain divisions such as 54 Division.

“I don’t want to close a police station but I may not have a choice,” he told the committee.

Several councillors including, Frances Nunziata, John Parker and Thompson, urged the committee to support the recommended police budget.

Nunziata, who sits on the police board, said the process was difficult.

“There’s a lot of pain for all the departments. But we all have to share that pain. We have a target and the police services board needs to meet the targets.”

Coun. Doug Ford said he would reluctantly support the police board.

Click here to review the police budget.

On Wednesday, the budget committee was also reviewing its 10-year, $15.3-billion capital spending plan, which included increased investments in major road repairs.

A staff report recommended $660 million in road repairs, including an extra $285 million that caught several councillors by surprise. It doesn’t include the $505 million in capital funding requested for rebuilding the Gardiner Expressway.

Several councillors said they were concerned by the decision to put so much capital spending into one department.

“This administration continues to build its transportation network by stealth,” Coun. Gord Perks said. “I can think of no other instance where a total of $700 million was simply assigned to a budget without any council debate…It’s an entirely new way of administering a city.”

Coun. Janet Davis was also concerned about the shift in priorities and wanted to know whose decision it was to build in an “unprecedented investment” into the transportation budget over other priorities.

“Where’s the evidence that our roads are in greater disrepair than our recreational facilities, in our other buildings and our other infrastructure?” she said.

Coun. John Parker said, “We are now in the process of identifying other priorities,” which is part of the budget process.

Click here to read the 2013-2022 capital spending plan.