Duly Quoted: Newly Installed Budget Chief Frank Di Giorgio
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Duly Quoted: Newly Installed Budget Chief Frank Di Giorgio

Ford loyalist says he'll leave the tricky business of finding savings to his staff.

“To a large extent I would rely more on staff to do the heavy work…I believe councillors should be more concerned with decision-making and let the actual managers find the savings… I’m more of a generalist.”

—The City of Toronto’s new budget chief, Frank Di Giorgio (Ward 12, York South-Weston), after his selection today. Di Giorgio is one of the quietest council members—it’s rare to hear him speak at a meeting—and also one of the most loyal to Mayor Rob Ford. Ford told reporters today that he hopes to freeze property taxes in the 2014 budget, and also to find a way to cut the land transfer tax by 10 per cent—sure to get many up in arms immediately, since that money will have to come from somewhere and it’s not at all clear that a majority of councillors have an appetite for further budget cuts.