Mayor John Tory stands firm on low taxes in the face of massive budget shortfall, declining city services
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Mayor John Tory said Thursday that he’s not going to give an inch on his promise to bring in a million dollars this year to pay for new police training and a new jail cell.
“I’m going to continue to stand my ground that we are going to bring in a million dollars this year, because that’s what we need,” he said.
Last week Tory was asked if he was going to put a property tax freeze on his agenda in order to save the city $10.3 million. His response: “That’s not the right answer. We need to build more police officers. We need to build more services. We need to build more courts. It’s time to rebuild,” he said.
But Tory said Thursday he made his decision before the details of the city’s deficit were revealed in the past week. Tory is not giving in to the pressures of an NDP government and is making the tough call he believes is right.
“The NDP, they got nothing….They’re out of here,” he said.
“We need a city that’s balanced, we need a city that’s functional and we need a city that’s sustainable. And I think the city is sustainable.”
Tory says he’s doing what he thinks is right for Toronto.
“I have to look at the city,” he said. “And I have to consider the city’s fiscal position and I have to consider the city’s needs. I have to look at our needs.”
In addition to his promise to match the dollars in the operating budget to the $1.2 billion in new revenue, Tory also promised earlier this month to keep property taxes flat or