Re: Toronto can’t be flexible on raising property tax (March 20)
Though I do agree with the majority of John Sewell’s article, I would like to highlight one area; “To pay the wage increases (of the police) city council must either increase the property tax or cut expenditures.”
The news of the proposed tax hike came in the wake of the public being made aware that city councillors were not opting to reduce or cancel altogether their bonuses or own wage increases this year — we are in a middle of a recession and people are losing their jobs.
Though councillors not taking an increase or a bonus would not cancel the deficit the city is currently facing, it would help and, more importantly, it would show goodwill to the citizens of Toronto, who have to accept increasing property taxes and the fact that it’s their tax dollars paying those bonuses.
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