CORNWALL, Ontario - What a difference a year can make.
City bean counters are forecasting a $496,000 surplus for the end of the current fiscal year - a far cry from the $650,000 shortfall that finance department officials were forecasting in 2012.
Ultimately the city saw a modest surplus by the end of last year, just shy of $100,000.
But many at city hall agree it's important to be on the other side of the financial ledger this year.
"It's nice to have a positive variance at the end of the quarter," said Coun. Denis Carr.
Councillors reviewed the city second quarter financial results at a recent council meeting.
The surplus is being driven in large part by the city's social services department, where some $485,000 from a homelessness prevention program remains untouched.
But social services manager Deborah Daigle tempered that by suggesting more people could begin to access the program in the autumn.