Monday, 27 September 2010

Toronto Mayoral Race: Ford lies about tax hikes to stir up voter support

Smell Test: How much was the Toronto property tax hike in 2010? -
During the recent TVO mayoral debate, Rob Ford claimed that Toronto residents saw property tax increases of 5% each year. Joe Pantalone countered that it was 2.9% overall.

Fact: The last time the city saw a 5% property tax increase was while Mel Lastman was mayor. This past year, the property tax hike was only 2.9%. In previous Miller years, it was between 3 and 4 percent.

Tax hikes are needed to keep up with increasing costs, and to offset the costs downloaded by the Harris government (and we are still paying for things that the province should be funding).

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