WATCH: Toronto council passes city budget, Ford cuts shot down

$9.6-billion spending plan includes 2.23% tax hike

After two days of debate, Toronto city council has passed the city's budget for 2014.

The $9.6-billion spending plan passed by a vote of 35-9, with Mayor Rob Ford among the dissenting voices.

Ford had presented 18 options that he said would collectively save the city $60-million. Council endorsed four of those measures and two lead to a direct savings of $726, 000.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly called the spending plan "a pretty darned good package".

The operating budget comes with a 2.23% tax hike that will add an extra $56 dollars a year to the tax bill of a homeowner with a home assessed at just under $500, 000 dollars, add provincial increases relating to tax shifts and education taxes and the average homeowner will pay $77 dollars more in 2014 compared to last year.

The city says the operating budget expands the student nutrition program, increases child care spaces, opens new libraries and extends branch hours.

Despite an aggressive campaign from Toronto firefighters council voted to remove 4 fire trucks from service and cut 84 firefighters through attrition.

Council also voted to add $3 million to the TTC budget.

Some councillors tried to pull funding for the Scarborough subway but three similar motions attempting to take that action were ruled out of order.

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  1. john posted on 01/31/2014 10:29 AM
    like i said make a list of the people who voted for this and kick there useless punk ass out of office . i know i am going to with the council on my town .
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