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August 16, 2007
Value-for-money audits the norm in Toronto City spending percentage far below other governments’
A column published in today’s Toronto Sun (“Quit whining, Miller: Flaherty”), quotes Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as saying value-for-money audits of Toronto services “couldn’t hurt.” Flaherty is also quoted as saying that, “There’s a tendency for governments to just grow incrementally with more people, more overhead, most (sic) costs year after year unless elected people take pause and examine how the money is being spent….”

Here are the facts:

- Value-for-money audits of City services and programs are conducted regularly by Auditor General Jeff Griffiths. External auditors have also reviewed City services and programs, and continue to do so. These audits consistently demonstrate the good value for money taxpayers receive from the Toronto government.

- From 1998 to 2007, the City’s average annual increase in spending has been four per cent. For the same period, the federal government’s average annual spending has been 7.9 per cent. Where there have been increases in City staffing they have occurred in order to meet requirements of provincially-mandated programs, growth in TTC ridership, and enhancements to public safety initiatives. Since amalgamation, more than 700 jobs have been cut from the rest of the City’s workforce.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Brad Ross
Strategic Communications Division
416-919-6503 (cell)



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