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Toronto Mayor asks city manager to budget for property-tax freeze

The Mail and Globe
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses the Economic Club of Canada on June 5, 2012.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses the Economic Club of Canada on June 5, 2012.


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has formally asked the city manager for a two-year property-tax freeze starting in 2014, the year he stands for re-election, The Globe and Mail has learned.



In his budget guidance letter to Joe Pennachetti, the mayor instructed Toronto’s top bureaucrat to prepare a three-year budget plan that holds the 2013 residential property-tax increase to 1.75 per cent or less and freezes it in 2014 and 2015.

The letter, which was hand-delivered Thursday to Mr. Pennachetti and members of the executive and budget committees, comes as council prepares to vote next week on studying the OneCity transit plan – a proposal from TTC chair Karen Stintz and TTC vice-chair Glenn De Baeremaeker that would use a “current-value assessment uplift” to significantly increase property taxes to fund 170 kilometres of new subway, bus and streetcar lines.

Mr. Ford has made no secret of his disdain for the OneCity funding model.


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