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February 13, 2009
Correction of errors in yesterday’s Toronto Star
The Toronto Star yesterday included an item on page 4 of the Greater Toronto section that contains errors about the City’s proposed 2009 operating budget. The following information is provided for clarification.

The caption at the top of the item reads “Here’s how much the increases announced Tuesday may cost a typical household this year:” This is incorrect as the fees for two of the items listed in the article do not have increases in the 2009 proposed budget. In addition, one of fees listed is incorrect and another was not announced on Tuesday and is not part of the City’s operating budget.

Details concerning these errors are as follows:

Garbage fees - the photo caption states the fee for a medium bin is $133. The actual fee is $39. The photo caption uses the words “new charge”. This fee was implemented in 2008 and there are no increases to garbage fees in the proposed 2009 operating budget. This service was previously paid for through the property tax. When this fee was implemented the cost of the service came off the property tax and the average cost of providing the service ($209 per year) was credited toward the cost of the size of bin that residents choose for their service. The fee pays for garbage, recycling, green bin, litter prevention, landfill management and other diversion programs.

Vehicle registration - the photo caption uses the words “new charge” and notes the cost of the vehicle registration fee for two vehicles. The fee was implemented in 2008 and there are no increases to the fee in the proposed 2009 operating budget. The fee for one vehicle remains at $60.

Water rate increase - this was not announced on Tuesday and is not part of the proposed 2009 Operating budget. The water rate was set separately by Toronto City Council in December of 2008. All of the money collected from water bills is used for the maintenance of the City’s water services and for the water used by city residents and businesses.

The City wishes to draw the public’s attention to the list of City services and programs available to residents and business during the recession. A list of these services, including the proposed enhancements to the City’s property tax increase deferral and cancellation programs can be found at Media are asked to refer to the news releases section of this page for more information.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5277 (o), 416-919-6500 (c),



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