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My letter regarding the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy

Dear Mr. Pennachetti,  On December 17, the provincial government announced additional funding for the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy. I am writing to bring this to your attention because the deadline to apply for funding, January 9, 2013, is rapidly approaching.  The City of Toronto desperately needs provincial assistance to repair its aging infrastructure including everything from transit and sewers to libraries and community centres. It takes a substantial amount of funding every year just to keep the TTC in a state of good repair, never mind upgrading the 1940s electronics system or expanding the subway network. The Gardiner Expressway is only the most dramatic example of our critical need, but every burst water main is a symptom of unseen deterioration as well.  Before "downloading" in the 1990s, the provincial government recognized the importance of municipal infrastructure by investing in both its maintenance and expansion. Today the burden falls principally on our property tax, so I am grateful for this additional funding for the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy and I hope the City of Toronto can move quickly to take advantage of this opportunity.  Sincerely,      Josh Matlow Toronto City Councillor Ward 22 – St. Paul's

Reply from City Manager Joe Pennachetti, January 7, 2013

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