March 29, 2004
GTA Mayors and Regional Chairs meet in Toronto

Mayor David Miller met with the mayors and regional chairs from across the
Greater Toronto Area on March 29 at Toronto City Hall. At the meeting?s
conclusion, they released the following communiqué.

Communiqué

Mayor David Miller hosted a meeting of the GTA Mayors and Regional Chairs today
in Toronto. This is the first time the GTA Mayors and Chairs have met together
since the Greater Toronto Services Board (GTSB) was disbanded by the Province
in 2001. The City of Hamilton was welcomed as a member of the group. The GTA
Mayors and Chairs agreed that, as the GTA is the fastest growing and most
important economic region in the country, it is extremely important that they
work together in partnership with each other and with the Province of Ontario
and Government of Canada to ensure an economically, environmentally and
socially sustainable future.

 The GTA Mayors and Chairs recognize that community safety is a concern for
the entire GTA and agree to request their police chiefs, and requests the
Province to engage the OPP to conduct security checks on all security systems
in cooperation with gun clubs, stores and other locations where large numbers
of guns are kept.
 The GTA Mayors and Chairs condemn hate crimes of all kinds.
 The GTA Mayors and Chairs asks the Province to extend red-light camera
legislation and re-enact photo-radar legislation to permit municipalities to
better protect citizens and promote road safety.
 The GTA Mayors and Chairs commend the Federal government for eliminating the
GST for municipalities in their recent budget. In keeping with the spirit of
the New Deal the Mayors and Chairs request that the elimination of the GST be
provided as an exemption rather than a rebate or refund in order to avoid
administrative costs.
 The GTA Mayors and Chairs:
 support the position of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario that the
Province of Ontario eliminate the PST for municipal purchases;
 commend the Province for softening the cap on commercial and industrial
property tax rates and ask the Province to provide all municipalities with full
access to the entire property tax base;
 ask the Province to initiate a review of the Municipal Act 2001 and other
legislation this year with the objective of reducing and eliminating
unnecessary Provincial management of municipal affairs;
 request federal and provincial governments to provide municipalities with
sustainable revenue sharing opportunities;
 request province to reinstate the ability of municipal government to charge
100 per cent of development infrastructure costs by removing the 10 per cent
statutory reduction of development charges;
 request the province reinstate the ability of municipal government to collect
development levies for the municipal share of hospital funding;
 request the Province to provide the funding for transit already committed by
the provincial government and, in addition, to immediately start phasing in the
provision of its gas tax commitment to transit and to provide sustainable
funding for roads and bridges.
 The GTA Mayors and Chairs ask the Province for a down-payment on a New Deal
in the 2004 budget to provide sustainable funding for transit, roads and
bridges.
 GTA Mayors and Chairs request the Province to participate fully with the
federal government and municipalities and conclude the necessary agreements on
the New Deal by the end of 2004.

Media contact:
Andrea Addario, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119