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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford mails out early car tax refunds (video) Special

By Andrew Moran     Feb 18, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sent out of the first batch of the vehicle registration tax refund cheques. It was originally anticipated for April, but occurred six weeks earlier. Ford called it a "major win for the taxpayer."
In December, Digital Journal reported that the new city council and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford approved a motion that would repeal the $60 personal vehicle tax, or otherwise known as the car registration tax. This would also lead to $64 million less in revenues for the city.
On Friday afternoon, standing next to the city hall mailbox, the mayor mailed the first batch of personal vehicle tax refund cheques for people who pre-paid to register their cars for 2011. These are the first batch of the estimated 147,000 cheques Torontonians will receive within the next six weeks.
“I am absolutely thrilled today to officially announce that the city of Toornto will begin mailing out car tax refund cheques as I promised,” said Ford, who guaranteed during the campaign trail that we would get rid of the much hated tax. “On Jan. 1, our government said, ‘We will be sending out the cheques in April.’ The absolutely fantastic staff we have here at city hall have been able to bump that up by two months.”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sending out first batch of car tax refund cheques.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford sending out first batch of car tax refund cheques.
Ford further stated that the city should have never implemented the tax in the first place, but now his government is giving “$60 back to the hard working taxpayers.” The mayor said they can do whatever they like with money, whether it be spending it in the local economy, creating employment or any other ways to stimulate the city’s economy.
“We promised the residents of Toronto that we would deliver these cheques as fast as possible and that is exactly what we’re doing,” continued Ford. “As you know, improving customer service is my number one priority and this is a perfect example of what I mean.”
He concluded by thanking the city staff’s hard work and the provincial government’s support and efforts, including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
“I’m committed to working on behalf of all the taxpayers all the time,” concluded Ford.
The city noted in a news release that the cheques will be processed based on the licence plate renewal date, starting with January 2011.
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