Council approves 2.23% property tax hike

Mayor Rob Ford was pushing for a 1.75 per cent increase and says the "gravy train is back at city hall"

Toronto council have approved deputy mayor Norm Kelly's proposed property tax hike for 2014.

Councillors voted 32 to 13 in favour of increasing the tax by 2.23 per cent. It includes 0.5 per cent for the Scarborough subway extention.

"Toronto City Council has endorsed an affordable and fiscally responsible rate increase this evening," Kelly said in a statement released after the vote.

Mayor Rob Ford disagrees.

"Probably the worst day since I've been mayor down here at city hall," Ford told reporters.

Ford was pushing for a 1.75 per cent increase.

"The gravy train is back at city hall," the mayor said.

The council meeting will resume on Thursday as the debate on the 2014 budget continues.



UPDATE: City budget showdown begins with shouting match

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  1. tanjo posted on 01/29/2014 10:41 PM
    Come to think of it, at the beginning of the year they started at 1.75%. They tacked on .5% for the subway, bringing it up to 2.25%. So the 2.23% increase actually shaved bit of cost from the budget. Woo hoo! An extra Tims for me!

    Too bad Ford couldn't come up with anything better than "Find someone to give us 20 million!"
    1. CoffeeCon posted on 01/30/2014 09:31 AM
      @tanjo I guess you didn't see the list. Anyway, are the clowns still building the 1.2 million dollar bathroom in the parking garage?
    2. HP posted on 01/30/2014 09:39 AM
      @tanjo Ford's plan was nothing more than to budget for the city to buy 1000 LotoMax tickets every week...having it shot down just gives him a reelection platform to blame council for increasing taxes. Toronto needs a >5% tax increase, it's become a dirty, unsafe city and needs to return to it's glory days as a model for all of North America. It's starting to look like Detroit.
  2. john posted on 01/30/2014 11:37 AM
    heres how it gos in my town

    we got 2 wards

    ward 1 where i live we used to pay ward 2 taxes for a very long time now . thx to the pov. government the taxes in ward 2 are going up 47% and ward 1 is going down 7% . our mayor is the female version of David miller .

    this is what u get for letting the council strip the mayor of his powers .
    the only thing u can do now is make a list of the people who voted in favour of this stupid ideal and kick them out in the next election . my town is heading into the chapter 11 club like Detroit is now . hopefuly u guys dont follow .
  3. GaryG posted on 01/30/2014 12:40 PM
    Dave Agar's commentary was spot on this morning. Ford is running his mouth off and recycling lies. Fords changes would save $1.00 a month. ONE dollar.
    Dave asked if Ford's eyes were blue or brown--he went with brown because he is full of the brown stuff.
    1. john posted on 01/30/2014 01:05 PM
      @GaryG i wonder if dave agar knows the saying it takes on to know one . yea i am saying Dave is full of shit . bite me dave .
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 01/30/2014 04:00 PM
      @GaryG FINALLY!!! I was waiting for someone to bring that point up.
      Ok GaryG, let's say we agree for the moment, and Ford is being over-exaggerating. And that's the tax hike only amount to $56.00 a year.
      Well, let me ask you this:
      How is that any different from Mr. Chairelli, comparing the rise in energy cost on our bill, to a cup of Tim Horton's coffee- of which everyone was outraged?

      The fact of the matter is, you have $2.00 increase here, $56.00 increase there, and other fees coming from all sides. The problem is that it all adds up- until it gets to the point where people will be wondering where did their paycheck go.
      Ford is making the effort to keep the taxes down, and keep services running and stable. It is the effort that counts. And when you have the city budget chief saying that after this year, there will be no more savings, that's got to make you wonder.

      Sure Ford may exaggerate sometimes. But his exaggerations are never really that far from the truth- concerning mayoral responsibilities/duties/ideas (I know some will interject with stuff from his personal life here).
      Are you willing to ignore Ford's over-exaggerated warnings, only to see it come to fruition- when it's already too late.
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