Budget day at City Hall and the 10.1 billion operating budget was approved, late on Wednesday night.
A big item on the agenda was the massive Toronto Police account which checks in at over a billion dollars. Some Councillors motioned to trim it as much as $25 million, which police chief Mark Saunders equated to trimming as many as 400 police officers.
In the end Councillors decided to keep the police costs the same.
Mayor John Tory was looking for the middle ground believing large cuts should not come from law enforcement.
“Keeping the city safe, making sure we have the number of police officers on the street that we need in a time when violent crime (most people will think) is a concern, cyber crime is a concern ,and the threat to a security is a concern in the city.” said Tory.
Earlier in the day, a 33 to 13 vote by Councillors passed a 1.3% property tax hike hike. In all it will actually cost you more than that, as a surcharge for the Scarborough subway extension is to be added at 0.6% and a shift in property assessments should up taxes for an average household to about $72.00.
This is a responsible budget that Torontonians can be proud of. #TObudget2016 will help build a city that works, moves & cares.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) February 18, 2016