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August 20, 2007
Statement from Mayor David Miller on Premier Dalton McGuinty’s municipal funding announcement
“I am pleased with today’s announcement from the Premier and his commitment to reversing some of the damaging effects of downloading,” said Mayor David Miller. “This is an excellent first step in correcting the structural imbalance in the way municipalities are funded and pay for services. The two programs the province has committed to permanently fund were the first ask of Toronto and other municipalities across Ontario during discussions around uploading. The government has clearly listened and taken our concerns seriously. As we continue discussions around the upload of more services, I am hopeful the province will see the need to act quickly.

“While today’s announcement gives us a clearer picture of how we plan our budgets in 2008 and beyond, it also points to the need for the City of Toronto to do its part in paying for the quality public services Torontonians expect and deserve. I want Torontonians to continue to enjoy a high quality of life in a city that is prosperous, liveable, environmentally sustainable and protects its seniors and most vulnerable residents. But in order to build that city, we need further commitments from the province to upload the costs of social services and half of public transit operating, we need city council to approve the new tax measures in October, and we need to continue to find efficiencies in service delivery wherever possible. We also need the federal government to commit to sharing one cent of the GST with cities and develop a national transit strategy.”

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:
Stuart Green
Office of Mayor David Miller



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