Miller scraps reno to his office to save city budget
Mayor David Miller has ordered Toronto’s public service to save every penny it can, in hopes of quickly slicing up to $100 million from city spending.
A day after councillors surprised the mayor by narrowly voting to defer a vote on bringing in taxes that would have raised $356 million a year, Miller rose at council to announce “immediate cost-containment measures, including service level reductions.”
Speaking later with reporters, Miller said that means: Planned $1.2-million renovations to his own office will be scrapped, and three jobs — two clerical posts and an economic development officer — will go unfilled; similar scenarios will play out across the civil service, with seasonal workers such as litter pickers possibly laid off early, and vacant positions left unfilled; and city agencies that don’t come under council’s direct control, such as the Toronto Transit Commission and the police force, will be asked to share the pain.
“Anything that, although important, doesn’t have to be done right now, we will be deferring,” Miller said.
“I don’t have a list because we (senior staff) just met today.”
Miller told reporters he has to make the cuts because council’s decision on Monday leaves less money to pay the city’s bills.