“The 2012 Budget is a reasonable and responsible budget,” said Mayor Rob Ford in a press release. “Council’s approval of the budget reflects what we were elected to do: fix the state of City finances and hold the line on property taxes, hold the line on the debt and ensure that we make every tax dollar count by providing the best services we can.”
Toronto property owners will see a 2.5% residential tax rate increase this year along with a 0.83 per cent tax increase for businesses and a 10-cent fare increase for TTC customers.
Outside the council chambers about 1,000 people chanted to be allowed inside their city hall. The entrance was barred from residents by barriers set up by the Toronto Police.
A solid line of police stood in front of City Hall behind the barriers quietly listening to those in front of them demanding a fair budget for the city.
Labour was at the rally but asked their members to withdraw as the air turned more negative saying that their message had been sent and had been heard by the residents of Toronto.
At least four people have been taken into custody. Others who broke the barrier line were escorted out of the area and asked to leave.