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CanadaCity manager says Toronto homeowners could get ‘second tax bill’ due to Ford government cuts

20:10  14 may  2019
20:10  14 may  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Ford’s cuts are falling heaviest on Toronto When Premier Doug Ford cut Toronto’s city council in half in the middle of last year’s municipal election campaign, the Star said it amounted to “spitting in the face of the city and its voters.” Little did we know that was just the opening salvo in what’s turning out to be a sustained campaign by the Ford government to undermine the city’s authority at every opportunity and single out Toronto for specially harsh treatment as it pares back provincial spending.

Tax breaks encourage people to get into first homes and to trade up as they get older, building a But the tax bill making its way toward final passage is upending that premise. The bill will increase The plan could also affect consumer spending. Over the past two decades, homeowners have become

Toronto Mayor John Tory said city council will hold a special meeting on Thursday to hear from the city solicitor. Toronto city council, which supported redrawing the ward boundary map to add more councillors after a years-long consultation process, voted to condemn Ford 's plans, and then to join

City manager says Toronto homeowners could get ‘second tax bill’ due to Ford government cuts© Andrew Francis Wallace City manager Chris Murray said that reopening the city budget in order to rebalance it to reflect the province’s funding cuts is a “unique occurrence.” The city budget was approved earlier this year after a lengthy process.

It won’t be possible to cut nearly $180 million from the city budget in 2019 without affecting services, the city’s manager told Toronto council on Tuesday.

“It will not be achieved through efficiencies without scaling back services,” said Chris Murray.

“You can’t rule out there being a second tax bill.”

Council is meeting today and Wednesday and at the top of the agenda is a report on provincial cuts to funding that city staff have calculated will cost a total of $177.65 million in 2019, including a $65 million reduction to Toronto Public Health; an $84.8 million reduction for Children’s Services and a $24 million reduction from the cancellation of the planned provincial gas tax funding.

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The tax bill approved by the Senate is many things, offering a huge tax cut for corporations, lower rates for the wealthy, and a big victory for Republicans and the White House. It could make it harder for state and local governments to pay for upgrades to the transit system and other infrastructure.

Murray said going back into the city budget, which was debated and set earlier this year, in order to rebalance it to reflect the funding cuts, is a “unique occurrence.”

Mayor John Tory held a news conference Tuesday morning before the council meeting began, saying that the provincial cuts were made without regard to the budget process.

Since the Progressive Conservative government tabled its budget on April 11, news of funding cuts has been announced in dribs and drabs. Tory called it: “Torture by 1,000 cuts.”

In council Tory brought up an interesting bit of history: when the province cut $150 million from the city’s budget in 2013, the vice-chair of the budget committee was Councillor Doug Ford, who is now premier of the province and leader of the government imposing the reduction in funding on the city.

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Unlike in some other states, homeowners in Wisconsin can 't prepay their December 2018 property tax bill to try to work around the new federal income City of Madison Treasurer Dave Gawenda said he's been receiving five to 10 phone calls and emails an hour from homeowners anxious to know whether

Critics say the budget leaves Toronto more unaffordable for many. As approved by council earlier on during the day-long debate, Toronto homeowners will pay a total of 3.58 City watchdogs push back after proposed budget cuts . Innovative Toronto housing program that matches students and City manager Chris Murray was willing to entertain the idea of Ottawa saying ‘no,’ and said to council that

“We’ve been prudent managers of the taxpayers’ money, but these folks, the province, wants to come back and put the burden on the back of the hardworking people of Toronto,” the residents of Toronto. It’s not fair,” Ford said in 2013.

Also on the council agenda: A motion asking the province to work with the city on the revitalization of Ontario Place.

Francine Kopun is a Toronto-based reporter covering city politics. Follow her on Twitter: @KopunF

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