June 13, 2012
Rob Ford’s allies would not take a sales tax or Toronto specific road tolls dedicated to building transit off the table, restrictions that the mayor himself supported.
On Tuesday, the executive committee endorsed a motion by Councillor Josh Matlow that directs the city manager to set up a working group with Metrolinx, neighbouring municipalities, the province and others to give input on potential revenue tools for transit expansion.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong moved a motion that any funding strategy exclude a sales tax and road tolls that are not applied on a regional basis.
Mayor Ford was the only other member to support his motion.
Several members of the executive argued that to start eliminating options now would invite other cities to do the same.
Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, is already working on a funding strategy it will unveil in 2013.
“The only way we’re going to give the premier and provincial government some support pursuing that is if all the municipalities in the GTA come out strongly in favour of addressing this issue, without necessarily prejudging what the outcome should be,” said Councillor Peter Milczyn.
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