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