Posted on 29. Nov, 2013 by Beth.
The Commitment to Community campaign has released four new fact sheets on the City of Toronto budget! Check out these resources:
Posted on 28. Nov, 2013 by Beth.
2014 City Budget Highlights and Call to Action
The Commitment to Community (C2C) campaign is calling for a reinvestment in our city, to build the city we want for generations to come. This year’s budget is not a city building budget and includes some hidden cuts as well. We’re asking you to get involved and raise your voice in support of community investment.
Have Your Voice Heard! Register Today! On Monday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 3, the Budget Committee meets to hear from the public. Please register by Friday, November 29 to have your say on the 2014 City Budget. Email email@example.com or call (416) 392-4666 by Friday, November 29 at 4 p.m. You’ll have about 3 minutes to speak.
Other ways to have your say: Contact your Councillor (call 311 for contact info), attend his/her budget townhall, and join with family and friends to have a meeting with your Councillor.
What’s at Stake in the 2014 City Budget?
Posted on 26. Nov, 2013 by Beth.
City Budget Watch – November 25, 2013 Update
The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee released the 2014 staff recommended operating and capital budgets on Monday, November 25. Senior finance staff at the City presented the budgets and responded to questions from Councillors. Mayor Ford and Deputy Mayor Kelly both made speeches commenting on the budget.
Watch the Budget Committee meeting here
* The budget includes a residential property tax increase of 2.52%, of which 0.5% is for the funding of the Scarborough subway. Staff recommended a non-residential property tax increase of 0.84% (non-residential is 1/3 of residential increases). Why is the non-residential increase lower? Years ago, City Council set a direction to shift the tax burden from business onto residents, as it was thought that non-residential property taxes were too high and residential were low relative to other neighbouring municipalities - Toronto has the lowest property tax rate in the GTA.
Posted on 23. Nov, 2013 by Beth.
City Budget Watch 2014 – November 22, 2013 Update
Believe it or not, there’s real work happening at City Hall! The City of Toronto launches its 2014 operating and capital budgets on Monday, November 25 – its final budget before …
Posted on 22. Nov, 2013 by Beth.
In lead up to the new municipal budget, the Alliance for a Poverty-free Toronto has released a new report, “Toward a Poverty Elimination Strategy for the City of Toronto.” Condensing the reams of research which show poverty is a problem in the city, the report also lays out a strong set of recommendations for residents, city leaders and each government to take action on poverty.