Toronto budget team asking residents what to cut from city budget

Posted May 26, 2011 by Andrew Moran
As the city of Toronto faces a $774 million budget deficit in 2012, the city's budget team is asking Torontonians what they would cut from the budget. Residents have until June 17 to submit online input.
Toronto City Hall
Toronto City Hall
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford entered into office in December and has checked off a large chunk of his campaign promises, including cutting city councillors’ expenses, privatizing garbage collection, making the Toronto Transit Commission an essential service and eliminating the vehicle registration tax.
Although Toronto residents are facing fewer burdens in terms of municipal taxation, city hall is facing a $774 million budget shortfall next year. This has led to the city seeking public input into its public services.
The city has launched an online survey in which they ask participants to list the top three most important issues facing Toronto, to rate a dozen issues in terms of city importance, to rate 35 departments as necessary for the city, decide whether or not certain services should be contracted out and provide any comments in general.
2010-2014 City Council class
2010-2014 City Council class
“The City of Toronto is reviewing the services it provides and looking at how they can best be delivered to Toronto residents,” the website states. “This topic is complex. That's why we created this website. You'll be able to find summary and detailed information on each service, facts and figures about the City's budget and decision-making processes, and get ready to give us your advice.”
Interested participants have until June 17 to provide input. A public meeting is scheduled for June 7.
This comes as the mayor hired consultants to review the books at a cost of $3 million. These consultants will work until October reviewing each line of the budget looking to eliminate any waste.
A second Toronto Core Service Review public consultation will take place Thursday at Danforth Collegiate.
Both the public input and service review will be transferred over to a special standing committee in July and recommended cuts and increases could take into effect in autumn.