Matt Elliott: John Tory says low property tax increases are needed to protect seniors — but there’s already a program for that!
“We’re going to do whatever is necessary to get our municipalities back on their feet” — John Tory
“In our last budget, my administration did exactly that in Windsor, and all of the municipalities have seen their property tax revenues significantly increase,” said Tory.
“This isn’t a partisan issue,” he continued. “We’re doing this at a time when municipalities across the province are struggling, and that’s going to help make sure that all of the properties are worth what they’re worth going forward.”
Tory, who received $6,000 in campaign contributions from developers, said he won’t support any tax decreases because he believes a proper tax system gives a boost to businesses as well as the economy in the long run.
“We’re talking about a huge amount of growth going forward that would come from more tax revenue coming into the system. I think that that’s an important thing to remember.
“This is no place for cuts,” he said. “This is a very dynamic area of the economy and, as it grows, that would benefit all of our municipalities.”
Tory’s comments come after the mayor said he would be open to lowering property taxes to help make up the growing deficit.
In a press conference on Monday, Tory said there should be no question anymore that the city needs to have a much larger budget to cover the mounting debt. When asked if he would also lower the property tax rate, the mayor said:
“We’re not going to get into a conversation where it’s a matter of lowering the property tax rate. I think that’s totally wrong. We have no choice. We have to raise it, or