Various revenue streams for Toronto will be on the agenda Thursday, as the Executive Committee meets at City Hall.
But one councilor will forge ahead with his own plan to derail any new expenses for taxpayers, despite calls from council for all departments to trim their budgets.
Giorgio Mammoliti says he’s been inundated with calls, emails and letters from angry residents, who have had it with talk of new taxes and fees; in response he launched a grassroots campaign.
“The campaign will encourage residents to contact Mayor Tory and their local Councillor to tell them they want these taxes “Punched Out” or they will “Kick Them Out” come 2018.”
Mayor John Tory recently proposed road tolls for both the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, with the intent of raising much-needed funds for various infrastructure projects, primarily public transit.
Mammoliti has cautioned taxpayers to beware of what he calls “mature conversations” at City Council, which will lead to “new and innovative ways to separate taxpayers from their money” such as roof taxes, parking taxes and hotel room taxes.
“This means that taxpayers, who already fully pay for services like garbage collection and water/wastewater through their taxes, will end up paying twice for the same service. In the case of garbage collection, residents are paying nearly double, at a time when the cost of this service is significantly lower than previous years. Many of these new taxes punish people who work, own homes or drive cars. While residents don’t mind paying their fair share to fund core City services, they are fed up with having to pay for the never ending spending agenda that Mayor Tory has bought into.”
Mammoliti has assured taxpayers he will be voting against all revenue tools, revenue streams and “any other form of gouging.”