Budget 2012: The Cuts That Were Reversed
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Budget 2012: The Cuts That Were Reversed

Josh Colle introducing a motion to reverse budget cuts at City Hall yesterday.

A summary of the major changes to Rob Ford’s draft budget that was passed by council yesterday:


  • Omnibus motion to: restore the school based child care rent subsidy; restore child care centre programming; restore Priority Centre Youth programs; restore ice rink funding; restore pool funding; restore CPIP community grants; restore funding to shelters; reverse the proposed user fees for children, youth and older adults in priority centres; re-add $5 million to the TTC budget to prevent service reductions; and restore mechanical leaf collection services. Total effect: reversing many major proposed budget cuts.
    Moved by: Josh Colle
    Estimated cost: $15 million
    Offset by: Projected surplus from 2011 budget (total available pool: $154 million)

  • Allocate funding to the Immigrant Women’s Health Centre, effectively saving it from closure.
    Moved by: Michelle Berardinetti
    Cost: $50,000 net/$200,000 gross
    Offset by: Growth in property tax base (total available pool: $8.8 million)

  • Remove the recommendation to increase user fees at indoor pools for children and seniors, and to introduce user fees for everyone at outdoor pools.
    Moved by: Gloria Lindsay Luby
    Financial impact: Decreased revenue but no cost

  • Restore funding for three staff positions currently slated for elimination from the Toronto Environment Office.
    Moved by: Mary-Margaret McMahon
    Cost: $323,000
    Offset by: TEO’s reserve fund; no impact on operating budget

  • Reverse the final cut to the Toronto Public Library; they’re still seeing significant cuts to staff levels and collections, but not the ones that are most likely to lead to reductions in operating hours.
    Moved by: Raymond Cho
    Cost: $3.9 million
    Offset by: Drawing from reserve funds

  • Restore some funding to the Live Green Toronto Community Animator’s program (enough to leave them no more than 50 per cent of the funding they had last year). The goal is to give the program time to find external partners to take over service delivery in future years.
    Moved by: Joe Mihevc
    Cost: Not to exceed $325,000
    Offset by: Drawing from reserve funds.

  • Allow the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to keep the property tax savings they realized for 2011 and include it in their TCHC budget, rather than counting it as part of the City’s general revenue.
    Moved by: Adam Vaughan
    Financial implication: A reduction of approximately $6 million in the City surplus and corresponding increase in the TCHC budget.

  • Direct City staff to report back in June on the effect of hiring freezes on fire and EMS response times
    Moved by: Mike Layton
    Financial implication: N/A
(Passed without debate)

  • Residential property tax rate: increase of 2.5 per cent
  • Commercial property tax rate: increase of 0.83 per cent

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How individual councillors voted