If you’re like Torontoist, you like to have a good time. You also like to save your money to be able to afford those aforementioned good times.
Get ready to fork out more cash because the Ontario government has given Toronto new taxing powers, and the savings go directly to City Hall. The new legislation gives Toronto’s city council the ability to impose more municipal taxes on alcohol served at bars and restaurants as well as movie and concert tickets.
Toronto Mayor David Miller is quite happy about this new law, and looks forward to developing more “made-for-Toronto” policies to balance the city’s reliance on property taxes. Alongside the tax reforms, the new legislation allow the city to set up lobbyist registry, define ward boundaries and create new architecture regulations.
This Torontoist is all for high taxes (and high gas prices, but that’s another story) but only when those taxes are made to work. Where is this extra money going, and why is it only targeting ‘social’ activities? And does the city really expect large enough revenues from theatre ticket taxes? Further, these “for-Toronto-eyes-only” taxes on goods and services lead down a slippery slope to separation, referendums and Language Police. It’s no coincidence Les Quebecois are the most taxed people in Canada…
Check out more in The Star, and the Globe and Mail.
[photo: Must Be Funny… – Robonto’s personal stash]