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UPDATE: GTA mayors meet to discuss ice storm relief funding
Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion planned the meeting
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Officials from municipalities affected by last month's devastating ice storm say they want the Ontario and federal governments to each cover a third of the cleanup costs.

The 19 mayors and 3 regional chairs say property taxes alone can't fund the recovery, which could cost more than $250 million, including $106 million for Toronto alone.

They laid out their requests this afternoon after a meeting in Mississauga, Ont., and gave the province until March 1 to respond.

The municipal leaders also passed a resolution, asking for all municipalities to be treated equally.

Both Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly attended the 2 hour meeting, and sat beside each other.

But Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey, who attended part of the meeting, says it could take months to sort out who's eligible for relief and how much.

Councils in many municipalities, including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon, have voted to ask the province that they be declared disaster areas.

The ice storm downed trees and hydro lines, cutting power to hundreds of thousands for days and stalling road and air travel.

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Officials from municipalities affected by last month's devastating ice storm say they want the Ontario and federal governments to each cover a third of the cleanup costs.

The 19 mayors and 3 regional chairs say property taxes alone can't fund the recovery, which could cost more than $250 million, including $106 million for Toronto alone.

They laid out their requests this afternoon after a meeting in Mississauga, Ont., and gave the province until March 1 to respond.

The municipal leaders also passed a resolution, asking for all municipalities to be treated equally.

Both Mayor Rob Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly attended the 2 hour meeting, and sat beside each other.

But Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey, who attended part of the meeting, says it could take months to sort out who's eligible for relief and how much.

Councils in many municipalities, including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon, have voted to ask the province that they be declared disaster areas.

The ice storm downed trees and hydro lines, cutting power to hundreds of thousands for days and stalling road and air travel.

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