Report coming to metropolis council later this month that would ‘start the method’ of implementing main service cuts, Tory warns

Chris Fox,

Revealed Monday, July 6, 2020 11:38AM EDT

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Mayor John Tory is warning that the town will quickly must “start the method” of implementing a myriad of devastating service cuts, except the federal and provincial governments come to an settlement on a significant bailout package deal for municipalities.

Tory made the remark following a digital assembly with mayors and regional chairs from throughout the province on Monday morning.

He stated that whereas he’s nonetheless holding out hope that the opposite ranges of presidency will cowl an estimated $2 billion shortfall in Toronto’s finances as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, time is shortly working out for them to take action.

He stated that metropolis workers are getting ready a report for the following assembly of metropolis council that can define the service cuts that might be obligatory within the “absence of any assist coming from the opposite ranges of presidency” with that report “most likely starting the method of creating a few of these service reductions.”

“We’d like motion and we want it quick. We at the moment are greater than half manner by our monetary 12 months and we don’t have any extra time to waste,” he stated of the necessity for funding. “Anybody who has run a enterprise or for that matter a family finances is aware of that while you lose earnings the longer you allow making choices on how you can make up for it the more serious it will get and the extra extreme these cuts and penalties are going to must be.”

Town has been dropping about $65 million every week throughout the pandemic because of lowered income and elevated prices.

Tory stated that whereas near-daily conversations with Ottawa and Queen’s Park about serving to the town cowl the shortfall have been “cordial and productive,” they haven’t went anyplace.

That has left metropolis officers within the troublesome place of getting to weigh “unacceptable tax will increase or severe service cuts,” he stated.

“The time has come for them to achieve an settlement as a result of we’re on the stage now the place we want that assist and we want it now. I’m respectfully suggesting that they need to set a deadline on themselves of this week to get this resolved,” he stated.

Hundreds of metropolis staff could possibly be laid off

Tory has beforehand stated that the town must implement a 47 per cent tax improve to handle the shortfall or implement a sequence of cuts that may, amongst different issues, scale back service by 50 per cent on the Line 1 and Line 2 subways and eradicate it fully on Line three and Line four.

An estimated 19,000 metropolis staff would additionally lose their jobs because of the service cuts.

“We’re wanting proper now for any form of financial savings and any form of efficiencies that we are able to discover and we’re discovering some however in the case of a income shortfall and price improve of $2 billion it’s fairly onerous to seek out these form of financial savings with out slicing companies,” Tory warned on Monday. “There simply isn’t another choice; I want there was. If there was another choice we might be pursuing it.”