It may just be one of the only things the current and former Mayors agree on.
Toronto doesn’t need to bring back the Vehicle Registration Tax.
The levy was scrapped, as promised, after Rob Ford won the mayoral election in 2010.
Now a group of social justice organisations, along with a research institute, want to see Mayor John Tory revive the $60 fee.
They say collecting that money would help kick start a 20-year plan to tackle poverty in the city.
But Tory, who spoke with The Oakley Show Thursday morning, simply isn’t interested.
“We don’t need to do that. We can still invest in transit and invest in poverty and have good services for the City of Toronto residents while keeping property tax increases at the rate of inflation. We don’t need to do this.”
Tory admits he would be willing to implement a new levy next year of 0.5% to pay for long term projects such as housing and transit.
“The bottom line is we need to find some money to make those investments…together with some of the new money that’s going to come from the Federal government. And we’ve got to make some of those investments and that money has to come from somewhere but it doesn’t require reinstating the car tax.“