Ford promises to find more money ahead of budget deliberations

Says he'll make 'several' motions once 2014 budget brought up in council

Mayor Rob Ford repeated his pledge Monday to come forward this week during budget approval with proposals to help save the city $50 million and help keep the tax increase low.

On Wednesday city council will begin the process of approving the 2014 budget.

Ford has repeatedly said he has ways to save the city money with little effect on services, but hasn't shared his suggestions with many at city hall, not even his own budget chief Frank DiGiorgio.

Ford defended his decision to wait until the last possible minute to share his ideas, saying it's better to allow all councillors to make a decision on his recommendations at the same time.

As it stands, the Executive Committee has rubber stamped a budget that comes with a 1.75% property tax increase which climbs to 2.23% when current value assesement is calculated, meaning the average homeowner with a home worth just under $500,000 would pay about $56 more in taxes this year compared to 2013.

But the Executive Committee voted to increase projected revenue from the land transfer tax in 2014 to make the budget numbers work, which Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly says creates an unbalanced budget (about 8 million dollars short). The committee increased the land transfer tax projection above what staff had pencilled in.

Kelly would like to see the tax increase come in at 2.71% which would add an extra $68 to the tax bill of the average homeowner.

City staff had recommended a budget that rose taxes by 3.21% and increase of about $81 dollars on the average tax bill. That included putting money away in a weather reserve and money to help repair the tree canopy.

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  1. Mark posted on 01/27/2014 10:47 PM
    OMG...He is a self admitted drunk and a crack addict! He is only telling you what he thinks you want to hear without backing it up with the particulars. What a joke! To think that anyone in his right mind would believe this addict is incredible. Folks, give your head a shake!
    1. Frankie posted on 01/28/2014 07:34 AM
      @Mark More incredible that people continue to believe the Ontario Liberals.
  2. r2d2 posted on 01/28/2014 01:05 AM
    first off I can't take a grown man seriously wearing a sports jersey and it's not even your city team. You're not working in the printing dept of Deco
    considering I'm probably safe to assume Rob didn't consult with any staff on what he's about to come out with or did any homework or intelligently discussed with people in the areas he wants to be his sacrificial lambs for his gain.
    It probably went down like this. Rob was in the basement of his home having a couple of pops a few hits from the pipe and probably wrote down some rough notes on the back of a pizza box.
    1. Frankie posted on 01/28/2014 07:32 AM
      @r2d2 He's "tackling" the deficit so he needs to wear a football jersey.
    2. tanjo posted on 01/28/2014 09:28 AM
      @r2d2 He is supporting a Toronto-born football player in the SuperBowl. He gives us so many things to pick-on. This is not one of them.
  3. John posted on 01/28/2014 04:50 AM
    Hey, r2d2 give this guy some credit, he probably bought two for one pizza, so there were TWO pizza boxes, twice as much space as you think! Folks, good stuff makes for creative thinking, expands the mind and lets you think in a while new dimension. Folks, FD isn't hiding anything, he told us he gets plenty to east at home! Oh, pass the pipe, I mean the pizza FD. Folks, I think r2d2 is on to something here!
  4. DW posted on 01/28/2014 06:41 AM
    Next Monday night an economic forum with the 74% club at the Steak Queen............everyone out on bail is invited
  5. donny p. posted on 01/28/2014 08:30 AM
    Robby won't tell us taxpayers how we can save us $50 million because council hurt his feelings? The idiot is sounding more like that fat gay guy on Modern Family every day. He screws us because council stabbed him in the back, wonder what Dougy will say today?
    1. john posted on 01/29/2014 11:35 AM
      @donny p. robby is not telling cause he knows the council will come up with a lame ass excuse to not let it go through . people need to understand . the councils are scumbags . just like the liberals . there only plan is to bankrupt this country .
  6. tanjo posted on 01/28/2014 09:36 AM
    What he wants to contribute to the budget at this point is irrelevant. He is not, nor has he ever been capable of getting his ideas through council. He is just too confrontational.

    What he needs is allies (say ... like a Doug Holyday?) that knows how to get the votes, and get motions passed. Unfortunately, all of his effective allies have bailed on him.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/28/2014 01:14 PM
      @tanjo I partly agree with you that he is a bit too confrontational, but there is a reason for it. When you get a fresh set of Councillors in there, I will bet my bottom dollar that the "confrontational" level would die down.
      Because, as you have it, you have one man against an entire pack. Sure you have some allies in there, but they seem to switch sides when the opportunity suits them. Except Doug Ford of course, because obviously its his brother.

      And yes, I do agree that he needs a Doug Holyday duplicate beside him. Unfortunately Norm Kelly ain't it.
      All this (fingers-crossed), should be resolved though after next election. Everything now is being done with a somewhat "improvisation". The election would fix that, in that it will determine where everyone's place is- regardless of whether Ford is re-elected or not.
  7. Mark7 posted on 01/28/2014 09:35 PM
    My apologies to everyone that CFRB has not removed doofus aka donny p yet. We are working on it.
    1. donny p. posted on 01/29/2014 07:26 AM
      @Mark7 try harder...truth hurts, eh?

      Karl is the real problem, threatening violence is against the new cyber stalking laws, he should stick to reviewing movies he hasn't seen, restaurants where he hasn't been.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 01/29/2014 09:28 AM
      @Mark7 Little Hitler Donny P., with his racist comments took news/political debates and crossed the line. And he seems proud of it, as you can see by the many asinine comments courtesy of him.
      I'm not responding to any of his replies, and I will avoid his postings where I can.
      I'm not one that usually adheres to violence- but Donny is now the exception to the rule. Since I'm not responding to him, you should probably ask him how his laughable "witch hunt" is going, trying to report to HR about where I
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