Ford Vows to Put down Report Recommending New Levies on Motorists

Toronto’s star-studded Mayor, Rob Ford, claims that the newly presented city report recommending funding transit expansion by charging motorists more to drive and park might be put down even before reaching the council floor. The report released last week – making recommendation of four revenue tools: a parking levy, increased sales and fuel taxes, and new charges on development – will have to go through the mayor’s cabinet-like executive committee on Tuesday.

Addressing the reporters outside city hall on Monday, Ford alleged that “I personally won’t be supporting it. I know a couple of my executive members aren’t going to support it. … It very well could get filed.” Ford has previously mentioned that money required to fund transit can be generated through efficiencies, instead of new revenue tools. A member of the mayor’s executive, Councillor David Shiner, also declared to be against the new revenue tools, asserting “stop telling people in this city, in this province, you have to pay more and more and more. People are fed up.”

However, on the contrary, a third member of the executive committee and the chair of the economic development committee, Councillor Michael Thompson, mentioned that “we have to have a real intelligent discussion around that. None of us is in favour of more taxing and charging and what have you. But I think that there are some things in that we’re going to have to seriously look at in terms of implementing.”

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