CTF Releases Council Waste and Perks Report Card:
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
• Two-thirds of Toronto Council Get Failing Grade
• Council Chooses Free Golf Over Spending Control
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) today released a waste and perks
report card for Toronto city councilors revealing that two-thirds of council
get a failing grade including the mayor and the budget chief. CTF Ontario
Director Kevin Gaudet asked, "when council refuses to give up a single perk or
to meaningfully reduce waste in Toronto, how can they justify imposing new
taxes on already over-burdened taxpayers? Leadership by example would be the
first place to start; not tax hikes."
To see how the mayor and 33 councilors failed to lead by example, voting
against reductions in perks and wasteful spending,
Last Spring, in the face of a looming budget shortfall, council had the
opportunity to vote on a variety of motions to reduce perks and wasteful
spending at city hall. Every vote failed. Instead, council voted to keep their
free golf passes, free zoo passes, free parking, and free lunches.
On Monday October 22nd, council will vote on the new vehicle registration tax
and the new land transfer tax. Combined, these new taxes will soak taxpayers
for anothter $360 million.
Gaudet concluded, "council golfs while taxpayers burn. The city has a
spending problem not a revenue problem. On Monday taxes should not go up."