* Ms. Augimeri and Mr. Perruzza voted against the mayor's motor vehicle tax, which also passed council yesterday, by a vote of 25-20. Mr. Milczyn opposed the land transfer tax but voted in favour of the motor vehicle tax.
Councillor Michael Walker talking about Diversity of Opinion on Toronto City Council during a debate to nominate Councillor Holyday to the Executive Committee.
September 27, 2007 – Toronto City Council.
Land Transfer Tax and Vehicle Registration Tax (view Executive Committee Report): This item was deferred from the July 16th meeting of Toronto City Council until after the provincial election on October 10th, 2007.
Millions spent on flower arrangement installations across the city that are re-planted several times each season (one perennial installation would be fine, no?)
The list above adds up to close to $600 million. If we are in the trouble the Mayor says we are, does it seem prudent to be spending on the above items at this time?
The City's Budget has increased by 30% in the last 4 years - where are we spending this increase in budget? Our property taxes have gone up over 11% across the city - where are these new tax dollars going? Our debt has grown to larger than ever before in Toronto's history - by 2012 every Torontonian will owe about $4,000 each. What are we getting for this extra debt?
PROVINCIAL UPLOADING: The Province forces the City to pay for Ontario Disability support & benefits ($133 million), Welfare ($189 million) and Social Housing costs ($243 million). The total cost of Provincially mandated programs the City should not be forced to provide is $565 million. The Province needs to upload Welfare ($189 million) costs from the City NOW, before the Provincial election. We can continue to work closely with the Province for further uploading in the near future."
Aside from the Province needing to upload the cost and responsibility for Social Housing, Welfare, Disability Payments, and Transit (at least $565 million/year) - City Council needs to stop spending like we have the money. Some projects should be put on hold until we are in better fiscal shape; at least until our roads are repaired and we can maintain our parks adequately.
July 17, 2007 - A short speech on the Mayor's vision of Toronto and where his priorities are for funding the City through this budget crisis.