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Council trashes Miller’s garbage fee hike plan

That will give the average homeowner a $5 break. But the 22-19 voteyesterday marked a stunning defeat for Mayor David Miller and hisallies, signalling that his grip on council has loosened since heannounced he would not run again.

Toronto council has cancelled a planned increase in garbage fees.

That will give the average homeowner a $5 break. But the 22-19 vote yesterday marked a stunning defeat for Mayor David Miller and his allies, signalling that his grip on council has loosened since he announced he would not run again.

“Obviously he’s not going to be mayor a year from now, and that weakens your power over people,” said Councillor Case Ootes (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth), a long-time foe. “I think you might see a change in the way the voting patterns evolve from now on.”

Council voted to apply $4.8 million of the $36.1 million saved during last summer’s civic workers’ strike to cancel the increase in the fees, which were one of Miller’s innovations as mayor.

City staff wanted to boost the fee for a medium bin to $44 a year from $39, with corresponding increases for larger ones. The budget committee backed that idea last week.

 
 
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