Toronto Mayoral Race: Joe Pantalone: community councils should have more control over local spending decisions
Joe Pantalone would give greater control over local spending decisions to the four community councils.
If elected mayor on Oct. 25, Pantalone would free up $85 million for the community councils, which meet monthly to discuss development proposals, traffic issues and other local concerns.
The community councils — for Toronto and East York; North York, Etobicoke-York; and Scarborough — are made upof city councillors from those areas.The community councils make recommendations to city council but they have no budget themselves, something Pantalone would change.
Of the $85 million Pantalone would make available, $10 million would go to improving commercial streetscapes; $30 million for parks; $40 million for community centres
and $5.5 million for snow clearing.
The community councils would be able to advocate for more money by applying to council’s budget committee, he said.
And spending decisions of a community council could only be overturned by a two-thirds majority of the city council.The move, he said, is designed to “strengthen local decision-making and control.”