While other City divisions search for money, the Police budget tops a billion dollars for the first time.
“If the City of Toronto gives 1 per cent to the police, there’s nothing left for anyone else.”
—Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) speaks about Toronto Police receiving a $27 million increase in their annual budget, the equivalent of a 1 per cent property tax revenue increase. Since John Tory is adamant that property tax revenue does not exceed the rate of inflation of 1.3 per cent, that only leaves $7 million for all other City divisions combined. Despite this, Budget Chief Gary Crawford (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest) congratulated the police on all their hard work on their budget, which topped $1 billion for the first time.